If you are one of the millions of Americans who could be impacted by a government shutdown, take a deep breath of relief — there will no longer be any sort of catastrophe if a deal isn’t reached by December 8. Now the government may simply shut down two weeks later, instead.
Yes, it seems like the government shutdown — formerly a once-in-a-lifetime threat — is yet again looming around the corner. The Republican majority in Congress remains so determined to push its agenda that they are again proposing to close down the US government, rather than pass a reasonable budget that requires any sort of compromise with Democrats.
But they have offered a little wiggle room. Right now, the GOP has agreed to put the actual shutdown on hold for an additional two weeks, in order to push through their unpopular tax plan — one that benefits large corporations and the independently wealthy.
“House Republican leaders are likely to try averting a partial government shutdown next week by extending talks on a longer-term funding deal until just before Christmas and possibly again into early 2018, senior House GOP aides said Thursday,” the Washington Post reports. “Up against a Dec. 8 spending deadline, House Republican leaders are likely to introduce a measure that would extend current funding until Dec. 22, said the aides, who were granted anonymity to describe private deliberations.”
Republicans hope that a short deadline extension will allow them to pull in the few Democratic votes needed in the Senate to help overcome a filibuster. Meanwhile, Democrats appear unwilling to approve any legislation that fails to …read more