| || |
Bring the budget to a vote, Mr. Speaker
October 8, 2013 - Jim Smith
It's amazing how everyone in Congress is trying to blame everyone in the opposing political party for the mess now surrounding the federal budget and the government shutdown.
My daughter, who works for the federal government, said the impact of the government shutdown is already being felt in downtown Washington where she now easily can get into usually packed restaurants for lunch, where downtown businesses are vacant of customers, where the Metro is nearly empty when she goes to work and where her office -- where she was declared "essential" -- only has about a third of the normal staffers working. She said there's also talk in Washington that some city services, such as garbage pickup, may be curtailed because they are heavily subsidized by the federal government.
What I find odd is the whole point of the government shutdown by the House Republicans has been somewhat negated and proven to be idiotic beyond belief when the House passed a bill to pay all those government workers on furlough. So what is being proven by the House's hardline stand on the federal budget?
Apparently a "thumbs down" to Congress and to West Virginia Republicans struck too close to home.
One of those members of Congress telephoned The News and Sentinel Monday afternoon to again explain in great depth the Republican position that it is the Democrats causing the government shutdown and it is the Democrats who are refusing to negotiate with House Republicans' hardcore position of defunding the Affording Care Act.
The member of Congress apparently is ignoring the fact it's the House tea party members and the Speaker of the House who refuse to bring to a House vote a budget bill stripped of the GOP mandate to defund the Affordable Care Act.
The caller apparently is ignoring the fact Obamacare, as it has become known, is the law of the land, the House repeal of which has been rejected 42 times and has been declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has a majority of conservative Republican members.
The congressional member also seems to ignore the fact Obamacare is so popular with the uninsured those registering for it were in such large numbers the first day of open registration they "crashed" the computer registration system.
It's time for the Speaker of the House to stand up for the people of the country and bring the so-called "clean bill" to a vote before the United States becomes even more of a laughing stock in the world than we already have become. The Speaker should let the House vote and not be intimidated by Congress' tea party minority.