Last night in the darkness, the Senate and the House overwhelmingly approved a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government for a couple more days. Until Tuesday to be exact.
Why did they do this? Because if they had not, our federal government would have shut down at midnight tonight.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that. Because it’s not the lead on any news network or website. I had to google it after looking for the past 2 days for a legitimate headline talking about the fact that Congress has had an entire year to pass a budget and still has not done so.
Hard core conservatives are railing against this new Omnibus Bill. $1.1 Trillion, and over 6000 earmarked projects to boost the election prospects of the tired old souls who managed to stay in office through November’s carnage.
This continuing resolution for 3 days is a bad Omen from my perspective for several reasons.
- Validation of total incompetence
- It means that the Republicans who were saying “no way in he$$” to this bill 24 hours ago, might see a way to pass it.
- By not killing it, the conservatives are already beginning to sell out after cashing in on a Nov victory.
- By trying to get this done, it means the White House is completely ignoring the message they were sent this last election cycle.
What we can look forward to? More compromise. The type of compromise that gives Republicans and Democrats what they each want, and leaves us holding the bag and the bill for more rampant spending.
Tuesday is a world away in political terms, it’s going to be an interesting 72 hours.
Guest Blogger Jeff