Blame Game Starts With No End in Sight for Government Shutdown
Today marks the first day in seventeen years that the government has shut down. Last night, the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill, and continued to unsuccessfully pass back and forth their own versions that were never passed by the opposing side. The main issue is Obamacare, as the House relentlessly delayed or took away from the Affordable Care Act. Finally, House Republicans attempted to set up a bipartisan conference to discuss the disagreements but the idea was immediately rejected by Senate Democrats and Harry Reid, who said they refused to discuss “with a gun to our head.” Obama has vocalized his point to make sure the bill will be “clean” of any amendments and delays to the healthcare law, and he has also made it clear that he puts all of the blame on the Republicans for “demanding ransom just for doing their job.”
The House and Senate’s ability to override each other’s bills and inability to create a compromise has led to a complete shutdown as neither side can win. 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal employees are no longer attending their jobs due to this disagreement, only employees whose services are mandatory for national security and education are being allowed to work. This relates to our recent reading of the different states’ compromises to vote on what power would be given to the House and Senate, among other issues. As each has the power to amend the other’s bill, no agreement has been reached.