White House Warns Spending Talks Are On Track For Another Government Shutdown ‘Crisis’
Are Republicans Ready To Cave Again?
By Dell Hill
As Yogi Berra once observed, "It's deja vu all over again!".
Budget Director Jack Lew on Friday warned that the negotiations on the
2012 omnibus spending bill are going poorly and could soon lead to a
“crisis” that shuts down the government.
are negotiating a nine-bill, $900 billion omnibus package, but the
White House and Republicans are at odds over rider provisions attached
to the spending bills, including ones related to abortion and the
environment. Funding for the government runs out Dec. 16, leaving little
time to resolve the disputes.
Lew said President Obama is prepared to veto an omnibus with ideological riders in it.”
would not say that each and every rider needs to be removed from the
bill, and instead said that appropriators know which types of provisions
must be removed. He cited family planning, women’s health, healthcare
reform and mining in the Grand Canyon as examples of extreme provisions
that the White House will not accept.
president is not going to be in a place where he can say everyone can
go home for the holidays unless this gets done,” Lew said.
of course he won’t Mr. Lew. The President will be in a perfect
position to say “There’s no Christmas this year because the Republicans
voted against it”. We know, from past experience, how this scene is
played out. We’ve been down this very same road twice before this year!
speaking of what position the President will be in, we fully expect
he’ll be on a much-needed and well-earned golf outing in Hawaii, because
it’s much too cold to play golf at St. Andrews.
would be really cool is for the Republicans to take a page from the
Newt Gingrich playbook and let the government shut down. (It never
really “shuts down”...all kinds of vital services continue to function.
The term itself is used the scare the bejabbers out of naive
President Bill Clinton tried this stunt, Newt was Speaker of the House
and called Clinton’s bluff. As soon as Clinton realized that the
Republicans would go there, he backed off with the politically motivated
Would it be too much of a stretch to expect John Boehner’s House Republicans to do the same?
Yeah, I think so, too.