Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid US default
WASHINGTON (AP) – Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.
The Senate voted first, a bipartisan 81-18 at midevening. That cleared the way for a final 285-144 vote in the Republican-controlled House about two hours later on the bill, which hewed strictly to the terms Obama laid down when the twin crises erupted more than three weeks ago.
The legislation would permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or perhaps a month longer, and fund the government through Jan. 15. More than 2 million federal workers would be paid – those who had remained on the job and those who had been furloughed.
After the Senate approved the measure, Obama hailed the vote and quickly signed the bill early Thursday. “We’ll begin reopening our government immediately, and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty from our businesses and the American people,” the president said. SOURCE
Is there ANYONE out there that didn’t know, I mean KNOW, that these 2-bit trollops in DC wouldn’t come to some kind of agreement that doesn’t FIX anything, still costs the American people BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of dollars, would wait until the last possible minute to do so and would then get up there and try to sound SO humble as they CROW about THEIR so-called sacrifices, sacrifices made for US?
So many of these sorry cretins have forgotten WHO they work for America! It’s time to remind them.
I keep hearing a lot of people calling for a total *flip* of both Houses, “VOTE THEM ALL OUT!* is the battle cry from many on the Right at this time.
Make no mistake about it, I am all for TERM LIMITS, on ALL officials, elected AND appointed, but you can’t just toss them all out at once and start over cold, on page 1. There has to be someone left in place that knows how to make government work, that knows how business functions, that knows how the military goes about its tasks and some that know what diplomacy is and how to execute it.
I have people telling me, on a regular basis, “Fred, you should run for Congress” and my answer to that is “Are you out of your mind? Do you want a totally blunt, straightforward Texas redneck that has NO USE for the left, that speaks his mind and doesn’t give a damn who hears what he says, or who likes it, do you really want some uncouth bastard like ME in Congress?”
Surprisingly, I get a YES in nearly all cases. Go figure.
While I don’t agree with the idea of turning them ALL out to pasture I DO recognize the fact that a great many in those Hallowed Halls of Foggy Bottom need to be tarred, feathered and run out of town while being drug by a team of wild horses.
Do you want a definitive look at who needs to stay and who needs to go? Check this list from our friends at Breitbart.
How did YOUR Congressman and Senators vote? List: Republican House, Senate Votes on Debt, Shutdown Deal.
I am a very lucky guy I suppose, I live in the great Conservative State of Texas; BOTH of our U.S. Senators voted NO on this, as did my Congressional Representative, Pete Sessions (TX-32). I was certain how Sen. Ted Cruz was going to vote, I was fairly certain how Rep. Sessions was going to vote, I was happy, and dare I say, mildly surprised that Sen. John Cornyn actually had the cojones to stay the course!
Nearly of the Congressmen from this area of Texas voted NO on this comedy of errors. As the article says, the House and Senate voted on a measure “which hewed strictly to the terms Obama laid down when the twin crises erupted more than three weeks ago.”
My friends, fellow Texans and Conservative Patriots, to use an old phrase; the FIX was in, and I believe it was set to fall this way before the shutdown began. I believe that this was nothing more than a few acts of *political theater* designed to make the American people suffer as much discomfort as possible while the Tyrant in Chief flexed his skinny arms in an attempt to show the American people just how powerful and evilly despicable he could be.
As things stand right now, shortly after to 1st part of 2014 we’re going to face a similar predicament, nothing is FIXED, nothing has CHANGED, it’s simply going to be a continuation of more *theater* for as long as We, The People keep sending Liberal Democrats and weak-kneed, spineless RINOs to Congress.