Friday, May 2, 2014

Speaker Boehner Must Stop Giving in to Republicans “PREDICTABE DISATEROUS” Demands

1/23/2013, Speaker Boehner called government shutdown a “predictable disaster.” on Jay Leno Show. He also said in July, August, and September 2013, that he told House Republicans that shutting down over Obamacare wouldn’t work. Yet he did it anyway. The cost of the shutdown 20 to 24 billion dollars. President Obama had to cancel an important scheduled trip to Asia.
  According to TPM DC
Late on the night of Sept. 30, with the federal government just hours away from shutting down, House Republicans quietly made a small change to the House rules that blocked a potential avenue for ending the shutdown. With less than two hours to midnight and shutdown, Speaker John Boehner's latest plan emerged. House Republicans would "insist" on their latest spending bill, including the anti-Obamacare provision, and request a conference with the Senate to resolve the two chambers' differences.

Under normal House rules, according to House Democrats, once that bill had been rejected again by the Senate, then any member of the House could have made a motion to vote on the Senate's bill. Such a motion would have been what is called "privileged" and entitled to a vote of the full House. At that point, Democrats say, they could have joined with moderate Republicans in approving the motion and then in passing the clean Senate bill, averting a shutdown. Congressman Jason Chaffetz appears to have played a major role in the planned House rule change to keep government closed. Based on his May 2, 2014, lengthy on the record statements and questions it appears that Chaffetz will play a major role again. Vera Richardson
Author of Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

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