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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 06:23 AM
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Democrats' tough choice: shut down government or swallow GOP's bills
Source: The Christian Science Monitor

As Washington braces for a possible government shutdown, House Republicans are racing toward a Friday vote on a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill. But make no mistake: This is political hardball, fast and furious.

The 1,219-page bill, if also approved by the Senate and signed by President Obama, would avert a government shutdown after Friday, when a stop-gap measure for fiscal year 2012 spending, which began Oct. 1, runs out.

The snap vote also gives House Republicans a way out of town, leaving a gridlocked Senate and a president facing reelection in 11 months to accept this spending bill and its controversial policy riders or to shut out the lights.

Here's the advantage to the GOP strategy: Once House members leave Washington for recess, and hence are not available for future votes, the heat is on the Senate to accept the House version of the fiscal 2012 omnibus spending bill. A darkened House also leaves the Senate with no option for extending the Social Security payroll tax cuts but to approve the House-passed version, which blocks key environmental regulations, forces an early decision on an oil pipeline that the White House had put off, and avoids raising taxes on the highest-income Americans.


Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/1215/Democra...
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 10:07 AM
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1. Don't pull this bullshit theater on us again.
Shut it down. The Republicans will be blamed.
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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 10:16 AM
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2. Guess what? If you never call their bluff, bluffers will keep bluffing.
They would be stupid not to.
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Betty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 11:01 AM
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3. It doesn't matter if the repigs are in the majority or not
they will ALWAYS get their way because they are by far the bigger assholes.
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