Republicans are desperate to deflect the blame for the looming government shutdown but their own extreme political recklessness assures they will be principally to blame should a shutdown occur and devastate the already weak economic recovery.Excerpted from “House GOP Working on CR to Avert Shutdown, Deflect Blame” By Major Garrett, National Journal, Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | 6:45 p.m.
House Republicans are drafting a two-week continuing resolution to keep the government operating after the current CR expires on March 4 and will file the bill on Friday, National Journal has learned. …
“The Republicans’ so-called compromise is nothing more than the same extreme package the House already handed the Senate, just with a different bow. This isn’t a compromise; it’s a hardening of their original position. This bill would simply be a two-week version of the reckless measure the House passed last weekend. It would impose the same spending levels in the short term as their initial proposal does in the long term, and it isn’t going to fool anyone. Both proposals are non-starters in the Senate.”
— Jon Summers, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s communications director¹