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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-01-13 01:23 PM
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It's deja vu all over again.
The United States federal government shutdown of 1995 and 1996 was the result of conflicts between Democratic President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress over funding for Medicare, education, the environment, and public health in the 1996 federal budget. The government shut down after Clinton vetoed the spending bill the Republican Party-controlled Congress sent him. The federal government of the United States put non-essential government workers on furlough and suspended non-essential services from November 14 through November 19, 1995 and from December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996, for a total of 28 days. The major players were President Clinton and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

When the previous fiscal year ended on September 30, 1995, the President and the Republican-controlled Congress had not passed a budget. A majority of Congress members and the House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, had promised to slow the rate of government spending; however, this conflicted with the President's objectives for education, the environment, Medicare, and public health.<1> According to Bill Clinton's autobiography, their differences resulted from differing estimates of economic growth, medical inflation, and anticipated revenues.<2>

When Clinton refused to cut the budget in the way Republicans wanted, Gingrich threatened to refuse to raise the debt limit, which would have caused the United States Treasury to suspend funding other portions of the government to avoid putting the country in default.<2>

Clinton said Republican amendments would strip the U.S. Treasury of its ability to dip into federal trust funds to avoid a borrowing crisis. Republican amendments would have limited appeals by death-row inmates, made it harder to issue health, safety and environmental regulations, and would have committed the President to a seven-year balanced budget. Clinton vetoed a second bill allowing the government to keep operating beyond the time when most spending authority expires. A GOP amendment opposed by Clinton would not only have increased Medicare Part B premiums, but it would also cancel a scheduled reduction. The Republicans held out for an increase in Medicare part B premiums in January 1996 to $53.50 a month. Clinton favored the then current law, which was to let the premium that seniors pay drop to $42.50.<3>


much more at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_gove...

The Gephardt Rule would have prevented a shut down, but it was repealed in 1995.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/05/how...
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-01-13 03:36 PM
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1. Oh, yeah. I remember it well.
And I remember it didn't do much for Gingrich's popularity.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-02-13 01:20 AM
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2. That's why this repeat performance is puzzling. Sure, it's still something over a year out
from mid-terms, but still....

Usually, politicians are always fighting the last war, or even several wars ago. If something failed them once, you are not likely to see that gambit again. Maybe, with Obamacare, they perceive themselves to be in a really big survival battle: either they will convince America that Obama turned it Socialist or they (as a Party) will re-live the aftermath of the New Deal--something like 40 years of losses But, this is not the New Deal, only New Democrats

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