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February 13, 2016

Boehner Plans to Amend Senate CR

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:28 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner signaled Thursday that the House would not simply vote on the version of the continuing resolution the Senate sends back, running up against a timeline that could suggest at least a temporary government shutdown.

Asked if he would now accept a “clean” CR from the Senate to avoid a government shutdown, the Ohio Republican was plain-spoken: “I do not see that happening.”

While the Senate has accelerated its pace on the CR, there will be little time before Sept. 30 for that chamber to send its version of the CR back to the House, have the House send a revised version to the Senate, and then have the CR make its way through the Senate chamber — and that would assume the Senate accepts what the House sends it.

The Senate is expected to strip the Obamacare defunding language from the CR, leaving the health care law in place, and shorten the length of the continuing resolution from Dec. 15 to Nov. 15.

“I’ve made it clear now for months and months and months that we have no interest in seeing the government shut down, but we’ve got to address the spending problems that we have in this town,” Boehner said. “And so there will be options available to us. There’s not going to be any speculation on what we are going to do or not do until the Senate passes their bill.”
Still, the speaker expressed some optimism.

Asked if he expected the government to shut down, Boehner said, “No, I do not. No, I do not expect that to happen.”

  • DrSquishy

    Well there will be a shut down for the Democratic Senators will not accept anything but a clean CR.

  • Layla

    If the government is shut down, that will be the President’s fault.

    • wildrover4

      Doesn’t Congress have to get a CR to the President’s desk before it is his fault? Did we amend the Constitution? Can he unilaterally authorize spending now?

      • Layla

        Oh, I don’t know….I have yet to see this President work with Congress.

        • Wuthie

          Have you seen the Congress work with the President?

    • Marc83

      By your logic, victims of terrorism are to blame when a bombing occurs. It’s their fault for providing such tempting targets. Take some responsibility.

      • Layla

        Did you know that since President Obama came into office, the debt limit has been raised seven times?

        With those increases, Congress has added $43,000
        in debt for every American household in just the last four

        Now that we have all been reduced to just 28 hours because of this, can you tell me what good it has accomplished?

        Apparently none.

        • Wuthie

          Did you know that Congress controls the purse strings not the President. Did you realize that 3 of those 4 years Republicans have been in control of the House.

          • Layla

            And do you realize that the House didn’t force the ACA upon the American people? This nation has had enough one party rule, from either party.

          • Wuthie

            Good lord Layla this nation has 300 million people in it. They all don’t think like you. Your beliefs aren’t the nations beliefs. I’m part of this nation and I don’t think the ACA was forced on me.

            Actually the House did approve ACA . The Senate approved ACA with a 60% majority. The constitution only requires 51%. The White House approved ACA and signed it into law. The Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional.

            The REPUBLICANS don’t like the law, and they are willing to destroy this nation because they don’t like a law. that my dear is INSANE.

  • Anton Chigurh

    Go ahead Boehner and make the President’s day. The gop looks like a joke because it is.

    • Layla

      Sorry, government employee, but the American people are not joking. If this is what our government has become, both sides, SHUT IT DOWN.

      • Wuthie

        Speak for yourself. There are millions of AMERICAN PEOPLE that like ACA.

      • Wuthie

        You don’t get it. It isn’t only the government employee that gets hurt. You will too if you have a 401K. So will all Americans if we get our borrowing rate knocked down again. The interest rate will up and increase our debt even more.

  • Layla

    Senator Patty Murray

    Senator Maria Cantwell

    Washington, DC, 20510

    Dear Senator:

    I have tried to live by the rules my
    entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of
    combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who
    instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty,
    patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various
    governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard,
    volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.

    Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I
    am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I
    shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply
    a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid
    in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop
    open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial
    types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So
    please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.

    Our House of Representatives and Senate have
    become America’s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become
    the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.

    In the middle of the night, you voted in
    the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,” a bill of
    which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than
    several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly
    exempted yourselves from it, substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized
    golden health care insurance.

    You live exceedingly well, eat and drink
    as well as the “one percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks
    and pay raises while

    making 3.5 times the average U.S.
    individual income, and give up nothing, while you and the Congress ask us
    to sacrifice due to sequestration.

    You understand very well the only two
    rules you need to know – (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to get
    re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and
    partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and
    by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated
    citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote) who are looking
    for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety
    net” has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now,
    about 49 or 50 million on food stamps and the program is absolutely
    rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?

    I would offer that you are not entirely to
    blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power in
    which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses
    of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get
    anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To
    paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession
    (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.

    As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich
    Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 – 1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly
    and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power
    corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I’m
    only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is
    there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?

    While we middle class people continue to
    struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more
    bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and
    Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs
    we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars
    we can drive, gasoline to use and what health care we must buy.
    Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing
    the consumer more and more every day.

    As I face my final year, or so, with
    Cancer, my president and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a
    pill,” while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other
    exalted government officials and their families will get the best
    possible health care on my tax dollars until you are called home by
    your Creator, while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams,
    which of course, you voted for yourselves and we average Americans pay

    The chances of you reading this letter are
    practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck,
    a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto
    signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or
    representative, have heard us and actually care. This letter will,
    however, go online where many others will have the chance to read one
    person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its
    administration and its senators and representatives.

    I only hope that occasionally you might
    quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous entitlements which you
    have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it
    just goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which your children and
    ours, and your grandchildren and ours, ad infinitum, must
    eventually try to pick up the tab.

    My final thoughts are that it must take a
    person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to
    seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply love and
    put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off, while your lot
    improves by the minute, because of your power. For you, Senator,
    will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive
    the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power
    has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to cleaning up
    this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that
    lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare
    to bring it up.


    Bill Schoonover

    3096 Angela Lane

    Harbor, WA 98277

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