The House of Representatives took up the clean CR bill–the budget patch that keeps the government funded for another month-and-a-half–and quickly blew up the process by larding the bill up with unacceptable provisions. If their bill passes, which it likely will, it virtually assures the absence of a budget for FY14 which begins on Tues, and thus a partial government shutdown.
I’m not sure how much the fine points matter here, but the degree of the House R’s irresponsibility is striking. The could have added provisions that blocked the implementation of Obamacare, or that delayed key components, like the individual coverage mandate. Anyone of those would have generated the same rejection from the D majority in the Senate and the President. But they in fact proposed to delay the whole bill. I guess if you’re living in fantasy land you might as live by your wildest dreams.
According to the WaPo: “Their new proposal also includes a measure that would continue to pay U.S. military forces, eliminating one of the most politically sensitive impacts if a shutdown comes.” Perhaps the Senate will try to pass this separately, but it’s not clear why they should make the shutdown go down any easier for these obstructionists.
Their behavior is utterly shameful, with no concern or regard for the damage of their actions. And this looks to me like a warmup for debt ceiling deadline in a couple of weeks. If there was any doubt who’s in control over there in the House, it should be dispelled by now. The patients are running the asylum.