Here We Go: Government Shut Down And Obamacare – Day One

It’s past midnight, and no agreement between the House and the Senate on a Continuing Resolution.  So, what’s in store?  Congressman Jack Kingston shares with us what will transpire:

Why Are We Here?
In accordance with Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, “no money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of Appropriations made by law.” The law under which government is currently funded expires at midnight on Monday, September 30.

What Has the House Done?
The House, committed to preventing a government shutdown, has passed three temporary spending measures called ‘continuing resolutions’ which would keep the government open. The first continuing resolution repealed Obamacare, while the second delayed the plan for a year and included conscience protection. The House passed a third compromise measure including a one year delay of the individual mandate, pushing the President, Vice President, and political appointees into the system and removing all taxpayer subsidies for the President, Vice President, Members, and staff.

What Has the Senate Done?
The Senate refused to work this weekend while the House remained in session and Senate Democrats have refused to work with the House to reach agreement. Instead, they have flatly rejected the House’s efforts to prevent a shutdown and refused to offer compromise.

What Has the President Done?
President Obama has refused to engage in negotiations with Congress, opting instead to golf on a taxpayer-funded course over the weekend. While his own Administration has exempted several portions of the law by executive fiat, he refuses to extend those same protections to the American people.

What Shuts Down?
“Non-excepted” parts of the government will be closed, including the Smithsonian museums, national monuments, national parks, and Capitol tours. Certain services such as the expedition of a passport would also cease.

What Stays Open?
Sectors of government deemed “excepted” will continue to conduct business. Therefore, programs written into permanent law (Social Security), functions pertaining to national security or public safety continue to operate.

Does Congress Get Paid?
Members of Congress are paid under constitutional law, and “excepted” congressional staff members receive payment in the form of back pay once the shutdown is over. Other essential federal employees continue to work and have historically received payment after a delay, although it is not guaranteed.

What About Our Troops?
On Saturday, the House unanimously approved a bill proposed by Congressman Kingston along with Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Tom Latham (R-IA) to ensure the payment of our troops and supporting civilian employees or contractors in the event of a government shutdown. On Monday, the Senate followed up with passage by unanimous consent.

32 comments

  1. Scott65 says:

    Well, today was the first step in the house republicans committing TREASON against the USA. All they have left to do is breach the debt ceiling and I’d say that its by definition a treasonous act. Anyone that would vote for any of these clowns needs their head examined…and they have this sense of glee in doing it. Tom Graves needs to be shut down along with the rest of these bullies that have no regard for the American people and the pain they have needlessly caused so many. The only good thing is the republicans have just assured they will lose the house…to bad the country will be in ruins before the election

  2. Scott65 says:

    Just in case anyone wonders…I’d say this fits the definition…especially if they breach the debt ceiling

    trea·son
    ˈtrēzən/
    noun
    noun: treason; noun: high treason; plural noun: high treasons

    1.
    the crime of betraying one’s country, esp. by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
    “they were convicted of treason”
    synonyms: treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, faithlessness; More
    sedition, subversion, mutiny, rebellion;
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    “the treason of Benedict Arnold will be recounted for centuries”

    • D_in_ATL says:

      Treason is a bit much given that legislators are free to vote as they see fit. But these tea bag types and their GOP bystanders will probably test those waters once this episode is over. Beause really, the only thing they got is infinite disdain for POTUS and those who they see as liberals. Might get a few of them re-elected, too; no chance for a succesful presidential run though.

  3. Trey A. says:

    Come on. The GOP is not going to lose the House. It’s gerrymandered to the Republicans for a decade at least.

    Boehner knows this, otherwise he would have picked a different side in this GOP v. GOP fight. He’s more concerned about his speakership, which will survive via this nonsense approach. The House is safe. Everything else, politically, remains in play. This is the Democracy we have today.

    Some of us voters will remember this ludicrous shutdown and vote our distaste. Many will not. That is a shame.

    What truly boggles my mind is that the GOP had the president and his party backed into a corner and nearly K.O.’d with the Syria blunder and they respond with this–a wholly unnecessary, economically crushing and politically unpopular government shutdown. Are they really this shortsighted?

    (and Kingston’s statement–while likely wise given his current political ambition–is patently ridiculous)

    • Ellynn says:

      Tell that to 4000 plus civil employees at military bases in this state not going to work this morning.

    • HCL3 says:

      Again – so what…. out of a nation of 300,000,000+ people this effects a tiny, tiny amount. The impact of this shutdown gives you a good idea of how many the gov’t should fire.

      • Ellynn says:

        I work in the private sector. I use many reseach databases to do my job. The National Archive is closed and the digial files off line. The Library of Congress is closed. The GSA is on a limited crew. It took 2 hours to pass through the gate at Ft. Stewart today.

    • benevolus says:

      Pretty typical libertarian point of view I think. If it’s not affecting ME, then it doesn’t matter.

  4. MattMD says:

    Wow, that seemed so….objective.

    Thanks, Jack! Hey, be sure to let us know the next time you’ll be pimping yourself on Maher.

  5. saltycracker says:

    So is my local park ranger getting a paid day off and a delayed paycheck or are the days deducted from his salary ?

    News reports have Obamacare startup confusion interviews going, guess the Republicans will take the hit for that.

  6. pettifogger says:

    OMG planes will fall from the sky, but don’t worry, make believe civil rights lawsuits against states that voted against you in the last election will go on.

  7. Three Jack says:

    If the interruption in government run amok reduces commute time on I75 because fed workers get a few weeks off, then I’m all for it.

  8. saltycracker says:

    Sure didn’t think the GOP approach was the best idea but watching the screaming tantrums and calls for treason make me want to watch a few weeks of shutdown for entertainment.
    TJ….. the open highways are a bonus.

  9. northside101 says:

    Guess there is no treason passing an unconstitutional bill (John Roberts notwithstanding), nearly 2500 pages long, that no one could have possibly read in its entirety…unless one has great speedreading skills and great expertise in legislative language. Obama must have those skills as he signed the bill (and in the process, signed away Democratic control of the US House) just two days after it passed the House. Hope the young (under 30) who voted handily for Obama have a Come to Jesus moment when IRS comes knocking on their door asking if they have health insurance (oh, and the right type, as government so determines), or when they opt to get insurance and find it isn’t as cheap as the dear leader promised………..

  10. bgsmallz says:

    I’m pretty sure this is the first time the Anti-Deficiency bill has been used by Congress to prevent Congress from paying for something passed by Congress. It would be akin to the Supreme Court ruling on a case, then, instead of re-trying the case…having someone in the office hide all the copies of the opinions so no one could find out what the law was.

    The point of the Anti-Deficiency bill was to prevent executive spending without Congressional approval…not to pass law without going through the legislative process. Any honest conservative that hates ‘activist’ judges should be throwing up right now over the justifications being made by these nimwits.

    • bgsmallz says:

      Seriously!!! That whole US Government thing has been such a failed experiment. That George Washington was full of (poo), man!

      When a line from Dumb and Dumber is the only thing I can think of to paraphrase, I believe we have jumped the shark.

        • bgsmallz says:

          Right? I totally agree. He’d be all for an ‘activist’ Congress that rather than governing uses budget power to shut down the government. Read #4 and then come back to me.

          ” There are four things, which I humbly conceive, are essential to the well being, I may even venture to say, to the existence of the United States as an Independent Power:

          1st. An indissoluble Union of the States under one Federal Head.

          2dly. A Sacred regard to Public Justice.

          3dly. The adoption of a proper Peace Establishment, and

          4thly. The prevalence of that pacific and friendly Disposition, among the People of the United States, which will induce them to forget their local prejudices and policies, to make those mutual concessions which are requisite to the general prosperity, and in some instances, to sacrifice their individual advantages to the interest of the Community.

          These are the pillars on which the glorious Fabrick of our Independency and National Character must be supported; Liberty is the Basis, and whoever would dare to sap the foundation, or overturn the Structure, under whatever specious pretexts he may attempt it, will merit the bitterest execration, and the severest punishment which can be inflicted by his injured Country.”

          • saltycracker says:

            We would never elect such a great man today, but we could go with his example of term limits.

          • Harry says:

            “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficient… The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”
            – Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

            • bgsmallz says:

              Harry…I can’t really tell which ‘men of zeal’ you are trying to warn us about. I’m pretty sure I know which ones are encroaching upon Washington’s 4 pillars of Liberty.

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