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    US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown - Here we go again

    BBC News - US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown
    A US partial government shutdown is looming amid the latest spending dispute to cripple Congress - over two provisions in a federal funding bill.

    The Democratic-led Senate has blocked legislation passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

    The Democrats oppose Republican demands that funding for victims of hurricanes and wildfires be offset with cuts to clean energy programmes.

    The stopgap spending bill is to fund the government beyond September's end.

    Lawmakers from both sides have said disaster relief should not be a matter of controversy.

    But with Congress' approval ratings in the basement, analysts say the dispute is just another sign of how partisan rancour is hampering US lawmakers' ability to pass even the most basic legislation.
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    Re: US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown - Here we go again

    The Democrats oppose Republican demands that funding for victims of hurricanes and wildfires be offset with cuts to clean energy programmes.

    Then propose other cuts and compromise on half the cuts coming from each proposal.

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    Re: US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown - Here we go again

    It does show how extreme the two parties have become. There's no common ground because these guys are on entirely different planets from one another -- and neither is on Earth.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    It does show how extreme the two parties have become. There's no common ground because these guys are on entirely different planets from one another -- and neither is on Earth.
    Yeah, there was a time when they would actually compromise and get things done which needed to get done. But the days of semi-functioning government are over. Welcome to dysfunctional government.
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    Re: US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown - Here we go again

    Oh well America. It was fun while it lasted I suppose.

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    You know what's rather ironic: this isn't a surprise.
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    Re: US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown - Here we go again

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    The Democrats oppose Republican demands that funding for victims of hurricanes and wildfires be offset with cuts to clean energy programmes.

    Then propose other cuts and compromise on half the cuts coming from each proposal.
    100% cuts from military spending and oil company subsidies.

    Targeting clean energy programs is just... lunacy.
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    Re: US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown - Here we go again

    America is broke; we have no money to spend. If dems can come up with something else to cut to fund disaster relief I will listen. If on the other hand they just want to keep spending money we don’t have they can go to Hell. If you were broke and your roof was leaking would you hire someone to fix it and not pay them or would you sell your leather couch to pay for the repair? It’s the same basic principle.

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    What I fear is that this will go down to the wire again. S&P has warned they may downgrade the credit rating even more and the other rating agencies have basically said if this nonsense does not stop they will downgrade the US credit rating as well because the lunacy in our government makes this country a credit risk. I can understand the agencies' point - how fiscally stable would feel a company was that was threatening to do a partial shutdown and default on its obligations due to infighting every few months?
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    Re: US Congress funding feud threatens government shutdown - Here we go again

    Guess what? I'm voting independent in 2012 for President, and against the incumbent in every other federal race. This is why.

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