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By Phil Piemonte

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Get it over with, already

So what was that thing that went on in the House last Friday? An April Fool’s prank? Or the desperate act of a bunch of weary legislators looking to pass a fiscal 2011 budget before fiscal 2011 is over?

We’re talking about the “Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011,” which House Republicans passed 221-202 on April 1.

The Shutdown Prevention Act would “deem” an earlier House-passed budget as law if the Senate does not approve a budget measure by April 6. That means the House bill would become law without Senate action. Or the president’s approval. Or Constitutional authority, for that matter.

Of course the bill never had a chance of becoming law. House Republicans have characterized the bill as an attempt to tell the Senate to get its act together on the fiscal 2011 budget. Democrats rolled their eyes and called it “silly” or “symbolism.”

And for once, they both appear to be right.

You never know—this bit of political theater could be good news for you. Maybe it’s an indication that members of Congress are beginning to feel the same weariness and frustration with the process that feds have been feeling for months.

Let’s see if it helps.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Apr 05, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Thu, Apr 7, 2011 American

Someone has the gal to say its DEMS and others say its Republicans. I say its the whole establishment of Congress that is the big flaw. The Tea Party members are jerks or jokes, who cares! Someone needs to get off there high horse and do whats right for the American public not for whose party you belong to. As to Ferderal employees taking the brunt. What's changed we are the only ones they can touch and smother with crap. We are always the martyr's of this charade. We are the ones who does the work that no one else will do because they feel we are less than. Seems funny now that we are less than and are still the brunt of Congress for reaching out and berating. Do something, don't argue, we didn't elect you to waste our money bickering but doing something for us. Get rid of Boehner! Get rid of Reid! And Oh! and any Tea Party Politician should resign.

Wed, Apr 6, 2011 JimiBob Cali

The blame here lies directly on the Democrats. They controlled the House and Senate from October to mid-January and they could have passed any kind of a budget...but they failed.

Wed, Apr 6, 2011 Fred Indianapolis

It is time to lock Congress up in one room till they come to a resolution. It appears they have locked themselves so close with small power groups they cannot make decisions. They were elected and are not puppets. It is time for them to act on their own.

Wed, Apr 6, 2011 RT

A question was asked: How long will it take to destroy the American middle class? Since about 70% of the American popularization is middle class, of which over half have no use for the Tea Party (a group funded by the rich with the goal of insuring that there is a tax rollback or at least no tax increases) the middle class will be the 1st to suffer if there is no budget passed. Although now would be a good time for a cuts since by the time it gets really cold again most will be able to find public shelters, clinics and food lines for their families (Those that still have funds to remain open of course). RT

Wed, Apr 6, 2011

Tired Fed... YOU NAILED IT! Feel the same way! You should run for office!

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