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Lawmakers Approached Deadline With Government Shutdown Looming

December 20, 2010 by  

Lawmakers approached deadline with government shutdown loomingCongress was flirting with a government shutdown heading into the weekend. If lawmakers did not approve a spending bill and President Barack Obama did not sign it into law by Dec. 19, the government would cease to provide funds for non-essential services in the United States.

A temporary stopgap measure that currently funds the government was set to expire this past weekend, and as of Dec. 16 lawmakers had yet to pass legislation on an extension budget. The last time the government shut down was in 1995.

Democrats have proposed a $1.27 trillion spending bill that would fund the government until Sept. 30, 2011. The legislation, which includes more than $1 billion to fund the new healthcare law and about $8 billion in earmarks, has faced staunch opposition from Republicans. Some Senate Republicans have threatened to stall the measure by forcing a floor reading of the 1,924-page bill.

According to FOX News, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has encouraged his members to reject the bill. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) recently Tweeted the top 10 earmarks in the spending bill in an effort to shed light on wasteful spending. He added that voters made it clear in the midterm elections that they are tired of business as usual in Washington.

"Are we tone deaf? Are we stricken with amnesia?" McCain said.

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  • stacyejones

    I dont feel like i should be forced to have health insurance, I think everyone would like to have health insurance if they could afford it. If you need affordable health insurance search online “Wise Health Insurance” you dont want to be with out insurance any time.

    • Average Joe Patriot

      I know I will die sometime, I just don’t want them to tell me when or how. I’ve been paying taxes, social, and medicare all my life. Can I have it back if I promise never to ask for another dime, ever? (In the interests of national financial security, I only want my money, not someone else’s, ever.) Nope, it’s been spent.

      WHAT? You blew my paper route money? From the early 1960s? Hey old man, if you want to get ugly about it, we can show you ugly. We stole it fair and square, you agreed to it because you didn’t pull a gun on us when you were fourteen, and if you had, you’d have wound up in the next Buffalo Evening News edition, the delivery route the kid next to you in History class would’ve taken over. You lost the game before you were born.

      And they put Madoff in jail. What were they thinking? The man was a damn genius. Should’ve called for backup, like the Congress and Senate. If he’d run for office he’d have gotten away with it all.

  • JimH

    A shut down would cease to provide funds for “non-essential” services. Why are we paying for non-essential services at all? SHUT IT DOWN, PLEASE.

    • Claire

      Do you even know what non-essential means in the government? There are people out there working hard to keep our country safe. Real patriots who you would like to see go without being able to pay their rents or buy groceries. I guess not everyone cares about their country.

    • Anthony

      I don’t agree with any form of “Government Take-over”. However, one of the best things this country could do is shut down “Non-essential” services. People that means…Welfare, food stamps, ect…..those are “NON-essential”! All able bodied people should work. you really want to lower The deficit? Cut off of the Welfare frauds!!! Do not allow unmarried, Welfare recipients to pro-create. We are paying for bums to have kids and I am sorry I do not think its a “Right to have children”. I think it should be a privilege!!

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    They still don’t get it! We are fed up! Curb the spending! The government needs more whistle-blowers. Not the wiki leak kind, but good old-fashioned journalism that investigates wasteful spending and lets the tax payers know about it! Enough is enough!

    • Castaway

      No, we need the WikiLeak kind also.

  • Kim

    So what if we lose “non essential services”? If it happened back in 1995 as stated, we all survived it. Stop spending (read that wasting) our money on crap we don’t need!

    • Castaway

      You mean like foreign affairs and medling in other countries business?

  • Al Sieber

    What are non-essential services?

    • Raggs

      The white house….

      • Al Sieber

        Good one Raggs, and all Govt. Offices should be included also.

  • tim

    The white house is the last thing we need. Let obama pay his own utilities and for his own parties!@!!

    • 45caliber

      I would be very much in favor of him paying for his own parties. I suspect we could save at least a couple of million a month that way.

  • Castaway

    I believe it would take only a small percentage of what our government now recieves, to run this country,like we all want it, with good quality infra-structure, a strong space program, and military. The U.S. government has become a tax hog, lapping up the spoils of taxation,like there is no tomorrow. I would like someone to tell me why our public servents, should live a lifestyle like the “rich and famous”, and on our dime.

  • eddie47d

    Since “non-essentials” (earmarks) are presented from individual states then you (we) need to contact your Senator and Representatives and clear the air with them. If you want that bridge repaired.airport construction,or funding for a new museum then tell them the funding must come from within the state and not the Federal Government. Once these requests end up in Washington it’s a whole new ballgame. Now another state may want those Federal dollars so your state may loose out.It depends on how strong or stubborn you feel about the issue.

    • 45caliber

      In other words, you are saying that if we want any federal money back from our taxes we should be as greedy as everyone else?

      • eddie47d

        …or stand firm and only use state money.

  • Josh


  • An American

    If it means cow-towing to the radical left; shut it down until common sense returns to our government. We can do without their radical spending;their perks; their exorbitant pensions, vacations, all expense excursions over-seas – or paid vacations, and their pork. We don’t need their socialist/communist ideology, and they can take the government as it is off the market until more sensible people rule Washington. We don’t need departments such as the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, and many more excuses for forcing their control on our personal choices and beliefs.
    SHUT IT DOWN! At least they won’t be able to force more radicalism on our country while it is down.

  • 45caliber

    The main trouble is what the government considers “needed” and what I consider needed if they shut down.

    The government considers anything doing with the politicians is needed. Anything that we would consider necessary such as police and fire protection and generally the first things to go since the government wants to put pressure on the citizens. In this case, the military would be expected to shut down. They simply put people into danger to insure that the citizens will not allow anyone to stop their flow of money regardless of how they spend that money.

    • 45caliber

      I don’t mean that I’m against shutting the government down – I am actually in favor of it. I just wanted to point out the problems.

  • s c

    Shut down the government. Put the parasites on leave for six months or more (Congress). Let Obama go back to Illinois for six months. Let Biden try his luck at standup comeday in Las Vegas for six months.
    As for health insurance, it is illegal and immoral for the government to try and FORCE anyone to buy anything – and that includes HEALTH INSURANCE. The polite word for this insanity is TYRANNY.
    Up the rebels!

  • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

    We don’t need governments anymore they are ALL BROKE. Let it shut down and then go steal all you can from every politician, federal, state and local. any questions?

  • http://com i41

    52 cents of every dollar allotted to infrastuture projects, goes to create work for Washington agencies for their studies, worthless studies and hearings. If you want to see waste, ask all of your, to get the amounts that is spent every month for retired or defeated elected officals? You will never get an answer. There is some real young federal representives, some as toung as 38 that got defeated. That cost for decades is pretty big.

  • karl koebke

    Shut the place down! It has not served the citizens proper since 1912 when the first socialst entered the Presidency. Our misery never stopped until today. A new army of elected fools and appointed Tzars determine our future!

    Happy Holidays

  • Marquerite Mrozoski

    just found the coolest trailer for MW3. Haven’t seen it on any other sites yet so it must be new. Just checked youtube and its not on there yet. you can check it out here if you don’t want to wait…


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