House Gives Us Everything
No budget-impasse congressional talks will happen until the House reopens the US government with a stopgap funding measure, the top Senate Democrat said.
"We like to resolve issues, but we will not go to conference with a gun to our head," Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), said as the House, Senate and White House failed to break a bitter budget standoff over President Obama's healthcare law.
The standoff, at the end of the fiscal year, shut down the government at 12:01am Tuesday for the first time in nearly two decades.
Reid dismissed as game-playing a proposal by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), to begin conference committee negotiations between leaders of both chambers.
Reid said he would enter no negotiations until the House agreed to reopen the government by extending the government's funding for a few months without limiting the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare."
House Republicans initially wanted to delay the entire healthcare law for a year, then voted to delay only the individual mandate and scrap subsidies in the law for members of Congress, their staff and political appointees.
The shutdown means 800,000 of the government's 2.9 million federal workers are furloughed and more than a million others have been asked to work without pay.
The Office of Management & Budget issued orders just before the midnight deadline for agencies to "execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations" from Congress.
As part of the orderly shutdown, many federal workers will report to their agencies for a half day of shutdown preparations before being sent home.
Essential functions such as law enforcement and air-traffic control continue...
National parks, monuments and museums, as well as most federal offices, are closed. Many federal activities, including Internal Revenue Service audits...have been suspended.
The White House and lawmakers in both parties agreed on one thing -- the shutdown was the other side's fault.
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Editor's Note: It is time for two things: 1) For Conservatives to execute a successful messaging campaign the by-passes the MSM to take information directly to the American people about who actually shut down government; and 2) For the GOP to make any negotiations contingent on Harry Reid being removed for the process of negotiation, cited as an obstructionist ideologue who is orgasmic and the notion of non-compromise...
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