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Thursday, October 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Congress, ending weeks of infighting, gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill funding the government through Dec. 11 and averting agency shutdowns that would have otherwise begun on Thursday with the start of a new fiscal year.

By a vote of 277-151, the House approved the stopgap spending bill and will now send it to President Barack Obama for signing into law before a midnight deadline.

House Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning on Oct. 30, needed significant support from Democrats to pass the bill as a majority of his fellow Republicans voted against the measure.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Photo: A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

  • Daniel Jones

    The Final Bill.

    Stupid House Unrepresentative.

  • Otto Greif

    Sad, I was looking forward to a shutdown.

  • Dominick Vila

    The worst part of this is the fact that we consider a 3-month budget extension a victory! The likely outcome of this attempt at compromise may be a Christmas present that most rational people are not looking forward to.

    • @HawaiianTater

      What do you think, Dom? Think a shutdown would do more good than harm by killing what little chance the Republicans have left at taking the WH? It seems like to me that a little short term harm would be worth it in the long run because any one of the current Goppers getting into the WH right now would be catastrophic.

      • Dominick Vila

        A government shutdown, especially if it lasts more than just a few days and results in disruption of government services, would help Democrats. I suspect that most Republican strategists are well aware of that fact, and are encouraging their clients to limit their intransigence to political rhetoric designed to satisfy the wishes of their constituents, and agreeing to a budget deal, preferably with only enough Republican support to pass.

        • @HawaiianTater

          The establishment, guys like McConnell and Boehner, know how bad it would hurt the party going into next year’s election. The ideologues, like Cruz, either don’t care or are too stupid to realize the damage it would cause. In layman’s terms, the adults are protecting the children from themselves.

          Personally, I do hope Cruz manages to shut down the government for a week or two. I already think the Republicans are going to take a beating next year. This would help propel them into a slaughter. I don’t think the House can be retaken because of gerrymandering but taking back the Senate and keeping the WH would be in the bank.

          • Dominick Vila

            I think Cruz is a classic ideologue, willing to say whatever it takes to get a vote. We definitely don’t have a chance to get the House back. Probably for a long time, but like you said, we have a good chance to get control of the Senate, especially if our nominee wins by a substantial margin, and the GOP continues to dig a hole so deep they may never be able to extricate themselves from. I can’t believe these guys think that there are no consequences to alienating African-Americans, Hispanic-Latinos, women, and most college students. The only constituents left for them are enough red necks and male neanderthals to keep them in office. At least until Southerners and the evangelicals learn the difference between political rhetoric and reality.

          • @HawaiianTater

            What’s funny is that there were a lot of Republicans who figured this out in 2012 when Romney got crushed. They even said at the time that if they want to be competitive in a presidential election again, they have to bring in more votes from minorities and women. Yet, here we are in 2015 and they are being more racist and misogynistic than ever. It makes one wonder if they are truly that stupid or if they know better but just can’t help themselves.

            I can’t say it hurts my feelings in the slightest.

          • Dominick Vila

            Their myopic political strategy, and the “values” they embrace, do not affect their ability to win congressional seats in midterm elections, but it spells disaster for them at a national level. They are going to need a lot more than bigotry and misogyny to win the White House. Another ace up our sleeve is the fear of a radical Supreme Court, which considering the number of Justices that may have to be replaced during the next 4 years should be enough to terrify the most apolitical American.

          • @HawaiianTater

            Do you really think the average American knows what is at stake in the next election concerning the SCOTUS?

          • Dominick Vila

            Considering the age of some Justices, everyone should be well aware of what is at stake. In any case, the candidates running for the nomination of their parties should make this a topic of conversation. Needless to say, their focus and preferences will differ, but highlighting this issue will make voters more aware of something that would have profound and lasting consequences.

    • Bob Eddy

      WRONG! Your assumption is wrong in that, had the Republican party ever been serious about overturning Roe v Wade, they could have tried it fifteen years ago when they had control of everything…the House, the Senate, the White House and even the Supreme Court that awarded them the White House. This is about one thing only — appeasing their rabid base.

      • Sue Donim

        but was their thinking the same back then ?

        • Bob Eddy

          Of course it was. They had already been using Roe v Wade as a wedge issue for thirty or forty years. Not only did they not overturn the decision, to my knowledge they made no effort to do so. Doing so would have removed one of the few issues that attracted the crazies to the party.