Government Shutdown Drama

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:

Saddest Shutdown Photo Daily Kos 10-10-13

“Now, I present this image not to make light of the real suffering being caused by the current shutdown, from furloughed workers to cancer patients struggling to receive treatment.

“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

Native Americans Crow Reservation MontanaShutdown 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:U.S. Capitol Building “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

Republicans vs. DemocratsDefeated 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.

“I’ll vote against it,” Fleming said, as quoted by the New York Times. “But that will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again.”Talking Points Memo 10/17/13

House stenographer is dragged from the floor of theU.S. Capitol Building 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.

“The stenographer apparently began shouting about God, the Freemasons and a House divided, just as federal workers’ pay was being restored.” — Roll Call 10/16/13

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About At Random

I am (Ms.) Jay White Feather, a lifelong New York City resident, born and raised on the mean streets of Manhattan back in the day. I am of Native American heritage -- a native New Yorker who grew up back when it meant something to be a New Yorker. And to me, it still does mean something.
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