Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Monday, October 24, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Congress is poised to rush legislation to President Barack Obama this week that would inject fresh funds to federal agencies, avoiding a government shutdown on Thursday with the start of a new fiscal year.

The Senate will kick off the action later on Monday, when it holds a procedural vote clearing the way for a bill that extends existing funding until Dec. 11.

If all goes as planned, the Senate would then pass the spending bill sometime on Tuesday, sending it to the House of Representatives for passage before the midnight Wednesday deadline.

Obama and Republicans who control Congress have been arguing for months over spending priorities for fiscal 2016, with conservatives pushing for more military spending and liberals urging the lifting of tight spending caps on both military and domestic programs.

The stopgap spending measure being spirited through Congress this week is meant to give negotiators more time to come to an agreement.

But the broad debate over spending has been overshadowed by House conservatives’ demands that any stopgap spending bill contain a provision cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood. Their move threatened to bring the second government shutdown in two years.

Those lawmakers want to punish the women’s health organization, which gets about $550 million in federal funds a year, for allegedly selling fetal tissue harvested from aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood denies any wrongdoing and Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress vow to block any bill that stops the group’s funding.

On Friday, House Speaker John Boehner stunned Washington when he announced that he will leave Congress on Oct. 30, following repeated threats by conservatives who wanted to oust him.

That announcement freed Boehner to move forward with a government-wide spending bill without the Planned Parenthood rider that conservatives demanded.

Knowing that he likely will lack enough votes among fellow Republicans for passing any measure that funds Planned Parenthood, Boehner will rely on opposition Democrats to help get the stopgap spending bill passed, thus averting government shutdowns this week.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

The U.S. Capitol is lit in Washington February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

  • PolishEagle_2

    The conservative republicans have had nine (9) MONTHS already to pass the appropriate appropriations bills, what makes anyone think that another ten (10) WEEKS will result in a different result?

    • Polana

      They will wait and fight until Obama is gone and then we will have a new war, everything will be reversed what was accomplished and it will be era of wars not peace and prosperity. It will be only the rich and the poor..
      “He who takes from the poor and gives to the rich will soon come to want” Proverb. Jesus said once before Judas turned him in,
      “Beware of a Jew with money” Coming to modern times – Beware of a rich man and his money and his cronies – w/out middle class they will become to want. What goes around comes around. They will give them selves big tax cut/or none and we will carry the burden of keeping them in money. They will tell it’s God/Jesus will and most of the minions will buy the BS.
      All they care is their own jobs and the perks that it brings. It is a Hall of Shame

  • 1standlastword

    Vengeance is sweet!

    With a little help from his friends in his camp and democrats to put him over the top, Boehner plans to stick it to Cruz and his Freedom Caucus on his way out the door

    A stick in the eye for the 30 to 40 or so “Idea-less ideologues” !!!!

    The problem with government today is both intention and structured.

    Change the process of how district lines are drawn, keep politicians out of it and we might never have this kind of plague inflict our government again.

    People can go on arguing about compromise and the lack of it for as long as they want to but this is what happens when politicians are allowed to draw district lines to favor their career opportunities!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Actually, the GOP at this very moment doesn’t dare show it’s hand. This applies not only to their very closeted candidate for their October surprise but also to their deal with Netanyahu to get Israel more Iranian land by involving the US in a war with Iran.

    The GOP hates, loathes, despises everything this president has accomplished. Unfortunately for the GOP, the tide of public opinion is against more war we will end up in deeper debt paying for and the sidling of the GOP up to an Israeli warmonger like Netanyahu.

    This isn’t about Iran for the GOP. It’s about keeping US Big Oil top dog. Look at the facts. OPEC refused to lower their oil prices or reduce their production. Iran is No. 2 as a world supplier of oil. Once the Iran embargo is lifted, that further reduces US Big Oil to a 3rd place. And as we all know, the drawling, swaggering Big Oil asshats can’t stand to not lead the pack of oil addicts. Now you know why selling dirty tar sand oil from Alberta at rock bottom prices was so important to Big Oil.

  • Janey Friese

    Allow me to show you a different way you can make a lot of money by_ completing basic tasks online from your couch for few short h /day / Check it out on following site … http://digitalmarketingjobsmakingcareers987598759827359875987*@(*%(*(&@%&&^&*^%*&%&*%&^%&^%///////.,.,5635678356358.,,,.,.,$#$#$@$@[email protected]#@$#@$#@$#$#@#