GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DRAMA
It’s Over For Now — Until January. Here’s A Brief Look At What Happened:
The saddest government shutdown photo you’ll ever see: “Add to the growing list of Americans affected by the GOP-led government shutdown this adorable, heartbroken child:
“I present this image because it is the perfect metaphor for the heartless, billionaire-funded hostage situation orchestrated by our country’s Republican leadership.” — Daily Kos 10/10/13
Shutdown deepens Native Americans’ distress: “Worlds away from Washington, Audrey Costa wondered aloud about keeping her family warm. A mother of three, she relies on lease payments from the Bureau of Indian Affairs on land owned by her family, which can run up to a few hundred dollars a year, to pay for food and electricity. But since the partial shutdown of the federal government began on Oct. 1, Ms. Costa, 41, has not received a check.
“We’re having such a hard time,” she said outside her tattered clapboard home in this poor prairie town deep in the heart of the Crow reservation. “I don’t know what I’ll do. Just tough it out, I guess.”
“Like other largely impoverished Indian tribes that lean heavily on federal dollars, the Crow have been battered by the shutdown.” — New York Times 10/13/13
Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen inquires about a rule change made unilaterally by the Republican majority in the House. The rule would not allow Democrats or anyone else to call a vote to end the shutdown without prior permission from the Republican House Majority Leader or the Republican Speaker of the House:
The Democratic-led Senate forges a bipartisan deal to end the shutdown. The Republican-led House is forced to approve the deal: “After a bitter 16-day government shutdown and just hours before the Treasury Department’s debt ceiling deadline, the House passed the Senate’s bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the nation’s borrowing limit, sending the measure to the president.” — Roll Call 10/16/13
Obama signs bill to raise debt limit, re-open government: “After shutting down the U.S. government for 16 days and driving the nation toward the brink of default, a chastened Congress voted late Wednesday to reopen federal agencies, call hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit.
“An agreement struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ended a stalemate created last month, when hard-line conservatives pushed GOP leaders to use the threat of shutdown to block a landmark expansion of federally funded health coverage.” — Washington Post 10/17/13
Defeated Republicans look ahead to the next showdown with Democrats: “As Congress looked to end the budget and debt crises – at least for now — a Republican congressman offered an ominous outlook on Wednesday.
“Pledging to vote against the plan to re-open the government until Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until at least Feb. 7, Rep. John C. Fleming (R-LA) indicated that he’s already looking toward the next showdown.
House stenographer is dragged from the floor of the chamber while ranting about religion: “House passage of a government funding and debt limit deal turned bizarre Wednesday night when a House stenographer went rogue.