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Congress Avoids Government Shutdown Before Taking Election Break

October 5, 2010 by  

Congress avoids government shutdown before taking election breakCongress has passed legislation to avoid a government shutdown, but next year's budget won't be finalized until after the November midterm elections.

On Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year, the House and Senate approved a $219 billion tab to fund the Federal government for two additional months, until Dec. 3. The legislation comes as politicians prepare to leave Capitol Hill for their home states in order to campaign.

Democrats and Republicans are still battling about key elements of next year's budget, disagreeing on whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. Although tardy Federal budgets have been the norm in Congress for the last few decades, this year is unique because neither the House nor the Senate has passed a formal resolution.

Such a resolution is typically approved in the spring, and it provides guidelines for Federal spending in the next fiscal year. Conservatives have criticized the lack of progress made by the Democratic-led Congress.

"The Democratic Congress is going home this week with more concern about their jobs than the jobs of 10 percent of the American people who don't have jobs," Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told Fox News. "[Democrats have more] concern about election day than about New Year's Day, when we'll have one of the biggest tax hikes in American history." 

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  • dan az

    So I guess they got the message why make it even worse than it already is. So who is going to tell us that we are all broke and there is no budget! Wont be your favorite undocumented worker he will be on vacation to.So who is running the house of thieves Bidden? Maybe we can get him to talk just withhold his booze for an hour and he’ll spill the beans.

  • s c

    Posturing is the polite word for what Congress has done again, people. Now they can go back home and whiz and moan about getting way too much interference from a minority that somehow has the “power” to make a majority in the House and Senate wet their collective panties.
    Congress needs a break like Herr Obummer needs another vacation. If the system worked right, Congress wouldn’t get paid when they ‘take a break.’ And, the prez would be confined to the White House.
    Neither Congress nor the prez earn their keep when they’re ‘in session.’ In effect, Congress and the prez benefit from the elected version of societal
    welfare (‘I exist, therefore America owes me’). Bah humbug, you con artist yahoos.

    • Disgusted

      How right you are. They barely work!

      • thinking

        They may not work but they spend long hours on their pedistals with businesses pouring money at their feet. Has to be hard worrying about getting voted back in, if they lose they still would not have to work but they would lose the power. I feel so bad for them, don’t you?

  • Warrior

    Who needs a budget, just send the bills to the fed.

  • az wayne

    Can anyone not see the democrats are incompetent? Are any voters awake? After what they did in 2008 they should stay home, it’s evident they are not smart enough to vote correctly. there needs to be a test before someone votes. They should be required to know the job of candidates they are voting for. The party ticket needs eliminated.

  • Howard Roark

    The Democrats are cowards for not voting on the tax cut extention because they dont want the people to see where they stand until after the Nov. election.

    The Democrats are cowards and criminals for not submitting a budget as required by the Constitution. also because they do not want the people to know how they plan to pick their pockets to get the money to support their friends.(Buy votes with food stamps, public housing, wick,medicade etc. etc. etc..

    • Harold Olsen

      I believe they did not deal with the tax cuts because they knew they would lose either way. Their base wouldn’t vote for them if they did extend them and the rest of us wouldn’t vote for them if they didn’t. But, I think their main reason is that if they don’t get re-elected they will use the tax cuts to retaliate against us–to pay us back. They will let them expire and increase our taxes to “teach us a lesson.”

  • Warrior

    Go ahead and shut it down!

    Don’t let anyone rewrite history…

    REMEMEBER THE DATE: JANUAY 3RD 2007!!!! ( Lets ‘ REMIND ” THE DEMOCRATS)

    Remember we have our chance on 2 November!

    just to set the record straight.

    Begin forwarded message*

    *I would like you to go back and recall January 3rd, 2007.
    Check it out for your self, **you don’t have to take my word
    for it. I just would like for you to base your vote on
    historical information.*

    *The day the democrats took over was not **January 22nd
    2009* *it was actually* *January 3rd 2007* *the day the
    Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the
    Senate, the start of the 110th Congress. The Democratic
    Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first
    time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
    *
    *For those who are listening to those propagating the
    fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:

    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the
    Senate and the Congress:

    At the time:
    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77

    The GDP for the previous qu! arter was 3.5%

    The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

    George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT
    MONTHS of JOB CREATION!

    Remember the day… January 3rd, 2007 was the day that
    Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services
    Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking
    Committee.

    The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in
    what part of the economy?
    BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!!!

    **THANK YOU DEMOCRATS for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP
    and 4.6% Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other
    things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the
    economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOS! (BTW:
    Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie -
    starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US
    economy).

    **And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND
    Freddie Mac????
    OBAMA !!!!
    And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie???
    OBAMA and the Democratic** Congress!!!*

    *So when some one tries to blame Bush… REMEMBER JANUARY
    3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!” Bush may
    have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the
    gas pedal and steering wheel, they were driving.
    *
    *Set the record straight! Place responsibility where it
    belongs! *
    *”It’s not that liberals aren’t smart, it’s just that so
    much of what they know isn’t so” – Ronald Reagan*

    **

    *January 2007 Reid and Pelosi Take control of the budget and
    determine the spending for 2008 to the present.*

    • Bill From N.C.

      Standing Ovation “Well Said”

    • 45caliber

      It is too bad that the libs are too fixed on “It’s Bush’s fault!” to realise the truth here.

      • dan az

        45
        outstanding dude!
        Now tell me how do I save that to bring up later!

        • 45caliber

          Highlight it; RIGHT click on your mouse. Hit “copy”.

          Then open any word program like Word, Notepad, even a new message.

          RIGTH click again on the blank document and hit “Paste”.

          Then you can save it to use anywhere you wish.

    • Harold Olsen

      Shame on you, using facts to upset the left! How mean can you get? Don’t you know they can handle neither the facts or the truth?

      • 45caliber

        Amen!!

  • charles

    And am I the only one who thinks that one of the top priorities for Congress is to enact a budget?
    or for that matter hold a vote on extending the ‘tax cuts’ I guess they dont want to be held accountable before the November Elections.
    As ‘lame ducks ‘ they can vote as they please without regard to any Electioial consequences.

    • 45caliber

      Exactly. They expect that. I suspect that is the main reason they DIDN’T try to pass it sooner.

  • http://gmail i41

    There never has benn or never will be a conservative democrap, who doesn’t think government control, is the best in every facet of our lives. But everyone knows USA got just what the idoit smucks wanted, they were to lazy to check out the marxist muslim moron for themselves, and media reserched the crossbred phony less than most towns do for a maintance person on sanitation. But they sure got a load of pure marxist crap for years. The National Marxist Democrat Communist Party smurfs brought the purple lipped muslim maggot to the position he is in. As well as the lap pooches in Congress that bob their heads like a chiwowawow, little mutts that just yap!

  • Howard Roark

    Warrior: thank you. I have been trying for years to explain to people that the President has absolutely no authority to write law or expend money. It is the Congress that spends money and writes the laws that create a good or bad business atmosphere.

    Read article two of the Constitution. it lays out the powers and duties of the President. you will be suprised to discover how few they are. nothing like what Obummer is doing.

  • Dennis

    The Democrats are afraid to pass a budget before the election. That should tell people they need to replace their Democrats in congress. Let’s get spending under control and extend the tax cuts. Democrats won’t do those just after being elected.

  • alpha-lemming

    Yeah yeah… I know a shut-down is impractical with all the pay obligations (military personel, SSI etc.) and contracts SHOULD (AIG and GM come to mind) still mean something. It’s still fun to fantasize about it though…. it’d definately stop the bleeding.

    • 45caliber

      alpha:

      If you notice every time any government entity shuts down due to a lack of budget, it is always the essential services such as police and fire that get sent home first. The clerks, etc. stay on. This allows them to vote in whatever they wish by pointing out to the voters (us) that if we don’t give them what they want, they will see that we are endangered.

    • spike

      Dear Alpha,
      Please do me a favor. Anything you want to say about the left wing, marxist socialist bull*** going on, go ahead and say,but you don’t know what you are talking about with the AIG thing. Let me just say, that I personally know that the guy who is in charge of paying back the TARP money to the government is going to do it–and do it soon. The company (read the Wall Street journal)does not want 87 percent ownership by the greedy thugs in Washington. They should never have allowed the PART OF AIG that did all this deriviative garbage to do this, but by the time they knew what was going on, it was too late to keep the collapse from happening. If they had let AIG go under, after Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, and the rest, We’d already have martial law. Probably the only smart thing the morons did was lend AIG the money, cause now they have a good scapegoat…but, I digress. They should have carved up GM and sold it off, but they did not. There are parts of AIG that make money, good money, and the company is working very hard to pay back, and has already paid back, alot of this money. But Herr Obummer, who voted for this bill AFTER HE EITHER READ IT, OR LIED AND DIDN’T, JUST VOTED FOR IT, so he could have a surprised look on his face on March l3, 2009 when out of one side of his mouth, he made a big media fuss about the AIG bonuses, and then out of the other side of his mouth pumped TRILLIONS of dollars into the Financial system. I HAVE THE PROOF, I CAN BACK UP EVERYTHING I SAY.

      • alpha-lemming

        You’re preachin’ to the choir brutha!! I only metioned it in relation to “contract law”, which if you remember, Chairman ObaMao was ginning up the class war and attempting to deny AIG emplyees their “contractually obligated wages” with respect to the bail-out.

  • ONTIME

    Why bother with a budget when it has been demonstrated you can just steal from the tax payers and line your pockets with little or no legal impediment. Never in the history of this nation have so many irresponsible electees been in charge of the public trust and asked to represent the voters, obviously this is now a Washington insider joke becuase we are definately back tot an era of “Taxation without representation” and plain outright theft.

  • Mace Windu

    That’s right! Vote on this AFTER the Mid-Term Elections. Because you “clown” politicians know if you were to vote on this beforehand, none of you or your minions would have a snowball’s chance in Hades of ever being elected neighborhood dog catchers let alone anything else! Especially after what you voted for as far as healthcare was concerned.

    • 45caliber

      I agree with you. The real problem is that they expect the public memory to be too short to realize what they are doing. And they believe this with some reason. But I don’t think a lot of us – this time – is going to forgive and forget.

      • Michael shaking head

        And, the public’s memory is short and dense.. They went home to lead the sheep to the slaughter house is all. They did a smart move and it will work. I still say VOTE EVERY INCUMBENT OUT!

  • http://gmail i41

    Democrap are just of the mind set that what ever your smuck leader of The National Marxist Democrat Communist Party wants and they will do. They cann’t and do not want to disappoint the purple lipped marxist muslim moron or the Queer soft spoken Reid who probably will have tax issues like Pay No Tax Daschle, or Plastic Surgery Nancy who spent 2 million for snacks and drinks to fly on our dime. If Nancy pulls up her neck any tighter, people will think she has had a trake tube put in her neck.

    • Chris

      Do you actually have a point?!?

      • spike

        Yeah, he can’t stand looking at the purple lipped poser or the evil traech-tube harpy.

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