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Shutdown-Debt fight: There’s talk— about talks

Published: Tue, October 8, 2013 @ 2:42 p.m.

Shutdown-Debt fight: There’s talk— about talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints today they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a threatened default - in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on measures to reduce deficits and change the nation’s three-year-old health care law. “I suspect we can work out a mechanism to raise the debt ceiling while a negotiation is underway,” said Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, who is close to Speaker John Boehner.


1dontbeafool(1473 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't even think the GOP knows what exactly what their demands are. They change every day. You your flipping jobs and pass a clean C.R. and raise the debt ceiling. Then, fight for your agenda in the proper forum.

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2Jerry(667 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

During the Reagan administration the federal political landscape was just about exactly opposite of the situation we have today. For both of Reagan’s terms there was a Republican President, and Republicans controlled the Senate by a less than 60 seat majority. Meanwhile, Democrats controlled the House by a significant majority.

During that 8 year period, the federal government was shut down no less than 8 times because the Democrats in the House sent spending authorizations to the Republican controlled Senate and White House that contained agenda driven divisive individual spending policies (spending on this...cuts to that, etc.) that they knew would be rejected or garner a veto. Does this sound familiar????

Whether you agree with the ACA or not, it is a huge spending program and has significant effect on the economy and the growing deficit. It is an appropriate consideration in any spending bill. Deciding that we will spend money on this, this, and this (but not on that, that and that) is not only the purview of the House, it is their responsibility. Using the spending authorization hammer to attempt to drive policy modifications has been used by Democrats and Republicans alike and, in the current situation, the House has offered several compromise proposals.

Where are the calls for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the Senate to vote on everything that the House and Senate CAN agree on, the proposal to fund the government in its entirety except for the one year delay in the ACA?

BTW - While not raising the debt limit will cause painful decisions, there is no "default" unless President Obama chooses deliberately to violate the Constitution and federal law by refusing to use the revenue available to pay the obligations of the debt first.

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