House To Vote Tuesday On Bill To Avert Shutdown - But There's A Catch

A meeting last night among House Republicans must've born fruit, because the caucus announced late last night that they would hold a vote late Tuesday on a bill to keep the federal government open through March 23. The vote would avert the second government shutdown this year.

The measure would fund most government agencies and contain a year of defense funding as well as two years of funding for community health centers, the Republican representatives told reporters. But without a concurrent deal on immigration that includes enshrining DACA protections in law, it's difficult to say whether the bill will muster the votes to clear the Senate, where it would require 60 votes to circumvent a Democratic filibuster, per Reuters.

As CNN explains, the full-year defense-spending plan - a long-sought objective of Mark Meadows and the rest of the House Freedom Caucus - is being added to the plan to give GOP leaders a chance to muscle the bill across the finish line with Republican-only votes - a necessity for defense hawks who have grown increasingly uneasy about the Pentagon relying on short-term resolutions. 

"We have to break this logjam some way," said Rep. Greg Walden, the Oregon Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of the fifth short-term funding measure.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said he supports this strategy, and several GOP lawmakers said they expect it to pass the House with zero Democratic votes.




The bill also includes two years of funding for community health centers, a bipartisan priority.

But the same sources who told CNN they expect the bill to pass the House also noted that it probably has no chance in the Senate. One thing it would accomplish, however, is help House conservatives pressure their Senate counterparts to act on the defense funding.

"It's the only way we can get to 218 votes when the Democrats won't give any votes" on the continuing resolutions, said Michigan Republican Rep. Rep Bill Huizenga.

Asked by CNN what happens when the Senate strips out the defense spending, Huizenga said "we'll cross that bridge when we get to it."

In a statement that, perhaps inadvertently, sums up the state of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats since September, when the first continuing-resolution battles began percolating, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said the two sides are "close" to finally resolving a host of issues from immigration, to disaster relief, to lifting spending caps that would open the door to a long term spending bill.

"We have the same level of high optimism on that we've had since October," said Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the GOP leadership team, with a grin. "Which is everybody's almost in agreement, and that's the story that does not appear to change, nor does it appear to come to conclusion."

Worst case, senators said Monday, the chamber will strip the defense funding from the House bill and move a short-term bill that includes a handful of other priorities.

"I would expect it would not include defense," Blunt said. "I think it may include a few other things. Maybe community health centers, maybe some sort of disaster - I think there's a series of a half a dozen things, any combination of which might go on and I expect at least one or two of them would."

According to CNN, one member of the GOP Senate leadership said that, if they can secure a deal on raising the spending caps, it would open the door to include a provision to raise the debt ceiling in the spending bill.

"There's a chance," Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranked Republican in the Senate, told reporters of the possible inclusion of a debt-limit increase in the short-term funding bill. "If we can get an agreement on caps, there's all sorts of good things that are gonna happen, including that."

Of course, negotiations on spending caps, immigration, disaster-relief, Obamacare and many other legislative priorities have been "close to a deal" for about four months now.

Let's see if this time, lawmakers actually deliver.




giovanni_f Looney Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:13 Permalink

looks like we are having a bunch of swans circling above the DC whorehouses.

Sell gold. Buy cryptocurrencies, dollars (preferably the Zimbabwe kind but the US is also ok) and netflix shares - the only assets that will prevail when everything breaks down.

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Endgame Napoleon Lost in translation Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

Don’t worry: Governent servants in dual-earner households do not have to worry about competing with a deluge of legal / illegal immigrants for low-paying and fly-by-night jobs due to their civil servant status. They are determined to put 800,000 illegals and their relatives ahead of 50 million working-aged citizens who are out of the workforce and hordes of underemployed American citizens, not because they are non-racist saints, as advertised, but because their safe governent jobs involve making sure that womb-productive citizens / noncitizens do not have to worry about the part time, temporary, high turnover, 1099 gig and low-wage (even with a slight raise) job scene due to their governent-subsidized food, free or subsidized housing, monthly cash assistance, electricity assistance and Swamp-doubled, refundable child tax credits for high womb productivity that maxed out at $6,444 before doubled by RepubliCONs. 

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fishpoem Meat Hammer Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:12 Permalink

Absolutely critical question...that remains unanswered. I've asked my Congressional reps for an official list of these vermin. But guess what? They don't seem to know anything about it. Nor do they know where one might find the answer. Truth of the matter is that the United State has become a vassal state of Israel. The Iraq war, for instance, wasn't to "make America safe." It did the opposite, but the real motive was to evaporate Saddam so he could never again ship weapons to Hamas or pay $25K to families of Palestinian suicide bombers. Our soldiers died for Israel. WTF!!!

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Endgame Napoleon Didymos Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

Ooooohhh, ya, the doubled child tax credit, especially the refundable [EITC] that maxed out at $6,444 before doubled by Congress, and is awarded to mommas working part time to stay below the earned-income limit for monthly welfare and the cut off for the child tax credit, gives a new definition to the word “austerity.”

Married mommas with kids under 18 and spousal income that ensures a middle-class lifestyle who work part time for keeping-up-with-the-Jones’ money also get a big-ole, non-refundable child-tax-credit austerity check at tax time, or due to withholding, the part-time moms’ paychecks are bigger than the paychecks of childless, single workers who struggle to cover rent that absorbs over half of their earned-only income without a spousal income.

The moms’ paychecks are bigger, thanks to the RepubliCON/DemoRAT Swamp, though many of them are out the door at 2:30 every day, with phones ringing off the hook with paying customers, in addition to taking off LOTS of mornings, days and weeks for baby travel soccer, etc., beyond their PTO and pregnancy leave(s).

Austerity....Shared sacrifice.....Ya...

Austerity is where, due to governent largesse for the womb-productive, the frequently absentee momma makes more the single, childless woman who never misses a day of work, stays the whole day and meets the quotas every month, the one who must cover all of her household bills on earned-only income, including rent that gulps down more than half of her monthly, earned-only income — far less now, thanks to welfare-loving RepubliCONs who doubled the child tax credit in a gesture of austerity to ensure their “children’s future,” freedom, responsibility and rewards for work in this capitalist-in-name-only system.

The single mom, working part time to stay below the earned-income limits for multiple monthly welfare programs, including free rent, free groceries, monthly cash assistance, electricity assistance and the cut off for her now-doubled $6,444 child tax credit makes more than the hard worker who 1) works more hours and 2) generates and retains more accounts due to the hard work. 

Work does not pay. Tax revenues are down. Fifty million working-aged citizens are out of the workforce. We just cannot figure out why. 

Austerity is a state of spartan allocation of governent benefits, where womb-productive part-time workers spent their tax welfare on $800 tattoos, trips to Marco Rubio’s state to copulate with their latest boyfriend or master bedroom furniture from Ashley Furnitue.

A part-time-worker single mom proudly explained to me how she bought her new master bedroom suite with her “taxes.” She is not the only one who recommends Ashley Furniture as the place to spend extra austerity money from governent. 

At Ashely furniture prices, the maximum womb producers, legally and illegally in this country, can now buy two master bedroom suites with their ramped-up, refundable child tax credit, plus multiple, expensive electronics goodies for the kiddos, assuming they want to spend any of their tax welfare on kids.

In the case of tax welfare, it is up to the parents to spend it as they please. It is not like their EBT food and free housing, in that it is given on top of that other non-contributory welfare that covers the moms’ major monthly bills and is not restricted to covering items related to kids.

No generation of womb-productive citizens, legal and illegal immigrants has EVER been showered with so much luxury money under austerity, as a reward for working part time, having sex and reproducing for the motherland. 

Austerity = Pay From Government Pimps For Sex and Reproduction…

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Meat Hammer Looney Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:51 Permalink

I am waiting for the vote to shut the .Gov PERMANENTLY.   ;-)

I don’t think there is a vote for that,  but there is an amendment that mentions something about OUR right to shut down the government. ;-)

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Gead Looney Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

Looney, I'm waiting for the Congress to just admit they are totally ignorant, worthless, haven't a clue what they are doing and shut the damned thing down once and for all. Everyone in Washington D.C. to just go home, pour a drink, go out on their front porches and blow their friggin' brains out. They have to realize someday that 99.99% of Americans could care less about any of them; and, the remaining .01% - won't miss them for longer than a minute even if they do care a bit.

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MK ULTRA Alpha Dr. Engali Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

"Gayniggers from Outer Space" is a movie from the 60's. I had forgotten about it and couldn't remember where I got the term, "Gayniggers from Outer Space" but Youtube saved me. I saw the title and remembered.

Now I know after all these years why I use the term, "Gayniggers from Outer Space" back then it was fun to use, but I changed it over the years to "Thermonuclear war from Outer Space" and sometimes, "Nuclear weapons from Outer Space".

But the moral of the story is, it doesn't matter if it's Gayniggers from Outer Space or nuclear war from Outer Space, I now have proof, Obama was one of the "Gayniggers from Outer Space".


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RedBaron616 lester1 Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:09 Permalink

I don't see Trump deporting illegals by the thousands! In fact, I have read several stories indicating that less illegals were deported in 2017 than in 2016 under Obama. Lots of hot air being expended, but actions few. Some of us aren't surprised a bit. Nothing ever changes. The D's and R's are screwing our country, which is why I never vote for them.

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MoreFreedom lester1 Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:57 Permalink

Seems the RINOs that control the GOP, don't want to cut any spending (e.g., Planned Parenthood, Obamacare subsidies, Export Import Bank, etc.).   And the Democrats, used to getting their way on all spending, are blocking the bill unless it includes DACA amnesty.   

I say let the Democrats shut down the government.  It shows their priorities of animosity for Trump and amnesty for illegals. 

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Terminaldude lester1 Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:19 Permalink

All bills are the same.  They have a couple good ideas (why not just pass that), but then they add a bunch of shit no one will vote on and then the back and forth theatre begins.  It's all a game, since we all know that they are players on the same team.

Shut it down and see how fast they start voting for shit once people are banging on their office doors demanding they do their F-ing jobs.

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overmedicatedu… Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:14 Permalink

who backs down?? seems too many have it all to lose as daylight is thrown on the dark kitchen of evil reptiles who have ruled in DC for so so long..msm gives them a dirty rag to hide under, but Trumps light is burning thru even that..

Dumpster Elite Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:17 Permalink

The Republicans in the Senate need to find where they hid their balls, and just do away with the filibuster already. You know damn well that if the Dems had 52 Senators, they would have done away with it a LONG time ago, and the MSM would be applauding them for how much legislation they were getting passed.

small axe Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:19 Permalink

"no chance in the Senate"

another completely pointless effort that simply serves to satisfy their egos and distract from their inability to govern

kick them out and burn it down and start again

Cloud9.5 Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:23 Permalink

A viable narrative can be created if this persists that the economy collapsed because the Democrats insisted on amnesty and open borders.  They were more interested in growing their illegal voter base than maintaining the government.  Their refusal to vote to keep the government up and running collapsed the system.

ErostheDog Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:32 Permalink

the more the politicians try to force their will on us to avoid the "shutdown" the more glaringly obvious is that there is much we do not need from government in the first place. 

Phillyguy Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:35 Permalink

There will no long term solution to these budget “problems” as our elected “leaders” have completely bankrupted the country. This is the culmination of decades of tax cuts for the wealthy, job outsourcing, financial deregulation, spending $ trillions on the Pentagon and war. Trump and Congress are beholden to Wall St, Defense contractors, Insurance companies and the wealthy and they expect working Americans to pay for all of this. As the saying goes, you reap what you sow.

shovelhead Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:36 Permalink

Joke. Spending cap. Har Har.

It's just arguing who gets to spend the most and carry the political ball through the goalposts.

We're fucking doomed.

Meat Hammer shovelhead Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

We’re completely fucked, so I think I will go take a bike ride on a sunny California day and not give a shit. 

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. ~Frank Zappa

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RedBaron616 Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:05 Permalink

Raise spending limits, spend, spend, spend! Throw more money at the Pentagon and watch them not be able to account for billions of dollars of it. Fools. They are destroying our country right before our eyes. We will look back fondly when the National Debt was "only" $20 Trillion because these clowns think the sky is the limit.

JPMorgan Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:07 Permalink

A government shutdown is like a act of self harm as far as politicians are concerned.

They may be able to leverage a concession here and there by holding out, but ultimately they are never going to put themselves out of business for any prolong period of time.

Can kicking and more public debt is a certainly.


you_are_cleared_hot Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

At this point, I would prefer a bright mushroom cloud over DC and just "start over" with America 2.0, but if we can't have that, then sure, shut 'er down for a few months and see who's still standing after the dust settles.