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Don’t look for a another Govt. Shutdown…

Thursday is an another deadline for the Govt. CR….

I don’t expect a shutdown….

Trump WH Chief of Staff just announced that there will be no Dreamers/DACA mass deportation move , that would actually help Democrats….

McConnell says he WILL stick to his pledge to open immigration reform talks on Monday… Feb. 12….

The only people not happy are the House Freedom caucus conservatives who are looking for MORE money for the Defense Dept. over the self imposed limit….

Democrats will probably go along with things and Trump will get the House to sign off for another short term extension ….

A Government Shutdown Is A Bad Idea…

Erick Erickson’s blog features a Conservative arguing against his parties adopted leaders call for a  ‘Wall’ money or a Government shutdown…
By   @ Resurgent


There are some issues that conservatives of good conscience can disagree on and remain well within core conservative principles. One of these is the issue of shutting down the government. As President Trump and congressional Republicans consider shutting down the government over funding for the “big, beautiful wall,” they should avoid falling into what is Democrat trap.

The core problem for Republicans is a lack of votes. Although Republicans have a majority in both houses of Congress, the margins are slim and they lack the 60 votes required to end a Democrat filibuster. As a legislative strategy, a government shutdown does nothing to resolve this problem.

The only way for Republicans to pass a bill funding the wall – or anything else for that matter – is to make Democrats and moderate Republicans change their votes. The way to do that is to sweeten the pot. To give Democrats something they want in exchange for something that Republicans want.

A shutdown would do the opposite. It would be a combative policy that would further alienate Democrats and give them no incentive at all to vote for the Republican bill. In fact, a government shutdown would play directly into the hands of Democrats who want nothing more than for the Trump Administration to fail….


Ted Cruz credits the Government shutdown in GOP efforts for the Senate…

I mentioned here after the shutdown that Conservative Tea Party Types thought they won with the shutdown ….

Several people here though I was wrong…

I wasn’t….

Senator Ted Cruz, true to my word is now gloating about the shutdown as a win for his Tea Party rightwingnuts…..

Never-mind that most of his people have been unsuccessful in the last few primary contests…

He doesn’t care…..

He’s gonna try to sell it anyways…..

Republicans have a strong chance of winning back the Senate thanks to the government shutdown fight provoked by conservatives, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, Cruz said the demands from he and other Tea Party lawmakers is a key reason the GOP is in a good position, suggesting that party “graybeards” or the GOP establishment did not appreciate that fact.

“They’re reaping the fruits of the battle, which is perfectly fine,” Cruz said, according to The Washington Post. “But we need to take a moment to acknowledge the lesson of the battle.”
The two-week government shutdown from last fall was widely seen as a defeat for Republicans. GOP lawmakers refused to fund the government without including language that would defund ObamaCare, but ultimately agreed to reopen the government with effectively zero concessions. Polls at the time showed GOP popularity taking the biggest hit from the shutdown as the Republican Party was identified as shouldering most of the blame.


Knocking Civil Servants isn’t gonna make them better…..

Ever since the Unions and Labor backed Barack Obama for President in 2008?

Unions and Civil Servants have been getting beat down…..


Republicans never where that happy with anyone competing with the ability to make a buck in business ….But as the piece below points out…The new Conservative ant–Government thing is making it worst for government employee’s who have been put down, had few raises and been looked at as the enemy…….

One of the most significant is the sharp rise of radical, antigovernment sentiment on the right. This is not “leaner and meaner” government conservatism, but a more visceral attitude of hostility to all government—government as an overweening evil. It is an attitude that rejoiced in the shutdown, that shut out any evidence that closing any part of government could actually hurt people or damage the economy. And it is deep-seated enough among activists that harsher antigovernment rhetoric, and policies designed to make the lives of government employees more difficult, have emerged in full force. Pay freezes, cuts in benefits, attempts to take away any small perks or rewards, fueled in many cases by hyped outrage over real and exaggerated scandals, have taken their toll. It also fuels a push toward more privatization, even where such a move is more costly and more prone to corruption.

But this approach is not the only challenge facing governance in the 21st century; the structure of the career civil-service system is not up to the tasks facing the country in a global economy and in a technology-driven age, with its attendant challenges at home and abroad. The excellent core of professional managers created by the 1978 reforms is nearing a major gap: By 2017, nearly two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service will be eligible for retirement, and it is not clear that another generation of talented managers is waiting in the wings to replace them.

More broadly, the recruitment process for federal professionals and managers is out of sync with the broader labor market, making it difficult to provide the incentives to recruit from among the best and brightest. As I wrote in an earlier column, how can a government fighting the danger of cyberwarfare and cyberterrorism compete with Intel, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft for topflight electrical engineers and computer scientists when it offers pay freezes and stripped-down benefits packages?

What to do?


The House Passes a ‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Bill

The American Congress is doing a bit of the ‘people’s business ‘ again…

Even if it took the Democrats to do the heavy lifting for GOP Speaker Boehner…

The House approved a year-long suspension of the nation’s debt limit Tuesday in a vote that left Republicans once again ceding control to Democrats after a collapse in support for an earlier proposal advanced by Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

In a narrow vote, 221 to 201, just 28 Republicans joined nearly all Democrats to approve a “clean” extension of the government’s borrowing authority — one without strings attached — sending the measure to the Senate for a final vote, probably this week.

The legislation, which Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) vowed to pass and President Obama said he would sign, would eliminate any chance of default on $17.2 billion in debt — and the financial havoc that would ensue — until March 2015.

The Republican surrender probably ended a three-year war by the House GOP against what had been an obscure procedural maneuver to ensure that the nation’s past bills were paid on time. In early 2011, after claiming the majority, Republicans seized on the debt ceiling as leverage from which they could gain major concessions from Obama.

Twice they were able to do so, but Republicans undercut their position in October when they shut down the government and caused a national backlash. At the time, they also approved a temporary suspension of the debt ceiling, with vows to extract something from Obama this month. But with the political fallout from the impasse fresh in their minds, there was no desire among the House GOP to force another showdown.

Tuesday’s House vote marked the latest rebuke to Boehner from the conservative faction of his GOP caucus, which opposed several proposals his leadership team…..


House Speaker Boehner mentions Jeb Bush for 2016

John Boehner does an interview and ONLY mentions Jeb Bush for 2016….

No endorsement….

But he doesn’t mention anyone else and 2016……

“Well listen I’m not endorsing anybody, but Jeb Bush is my friend, and I frankly think he would be a great president, I really do,” he said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Bush was the only potential GOP candidate Boehner mentioned when asked who he liked for president.

In the wide-ranging interview, Boehner also touched on last October’s government shutdown and other presidential prospects.

Boehner said the bridge scandal that has dogged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) would not be going away any time soon — whether or not Christie knew anything about the lane closures.

“It doesn’t appear he knew anything about it,” he said. “He took responsibility, fired the people who were involved, he apologized. But this is not going to go away any time soon.”

The 64-year-old Speaker poured cold water on the thought of him ever running for president. He said his current lifestyle means too much to him.



The House and Senate continue work on the 2014/2015 Spending Bill

In the framework of the deal worked out in the Senate and passed by the House with the President’s blessing after the government shutdown……The two Houses of Congress are meeting Monday to figure out how the settled amounts of money will be spent….

This will be the frame work….

The finished product is still a ways off…..But this effort is an attempt to co-opt any talk of a Government shutdown coming form the House Tea Party Army types….Establishment republicans do Not want a shutdown to hurt their 2014 Mid Term efforts….

The sequester cuts are being overturn mostly…

The challenge now is to find balance — and be fast about it.

Funding levels for President Barack Obama’s new health care law remain an open issue, for example. But with the Supreme Court already poised to step into the contentious debate over contraceptive coverage, negotiators would prefer to avoid legislative riders on the same mandate.

The Pentagon’s base budget, which is expected to end up near $488 billion, represents its own middle ground: $24 billion less than the House approved in July but $20 billion more than what sequestration once threatened this month.

At the same time, non-defense appropriations will be restored to $492 billion — roughly the same level as before the March automatic cuts but less than what President George W. Bush enjoyed in the last years of his administration.

New investments in science and medical research will be possible. Less glamorous accounts like project-based rental assistance for low-income tenants will come up short by as much as $1 billion.

Looking overseas, compromises are in the works on U.S. assistance to Egypt. Refugee aid is slated to be increased significantly given the continued bloodshed in Syria and Africa. But Treasury faces continued resistance as it tries to make good on past pledges needed to open the door for countries like Brazil, China and India to play a greater role in the International Monetary Fund.

Working through the holidays, Appropriations clerks have made substantial progress already. But the next few days are pivotal as Rogers and his Senate counterpart, Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) meet face-to-face to sort out the most difficult issues, kicked up to their level for final decisions.

The mood is guarded, the window narrow.

The government remains under a stopgap continuing resolution due to expire Jan. 15 and Congress leaves soon after for its mid-January recess. As a practical matter some extension of the CR will be needed — and should not be controversial if the omnibus is proceeding on course. But the Appropriations leadership wants to keep any extension short so that the pressure is on to complete passage before lawmakers leave on Jan. 17.

For the committees, it’s a test of whether powerful members, like Rogers, will suppress their own individual agendas and move ahead together.


The Republican’s have to figure out how to deal with the Debt Ceiling….

Will the Republican’s in Congress make a deal…or  will they pay hard ball and risk another shutdown?

A GOP decision on the debt ceiling is likely to come out of the annual House retreat scheduled for Jan. 29 in Maryland. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has told Congress he expects the government could be in danger of missing payments by early March, giving lawmakers a narrow window to find another borrowing boost.

“The only way you lose the House is if Dems intercept a Hail Mary pass on the debt ceiling,” another GOP strategist said. “If you lose the House, you open the door to everything.”

At the same time, GOP tacticians acknowledge that the party cannot look weak in the debt ceiling fight and simply grant the president the “clean” hike he wants. Furthermore, the timing of the fight means members facing conservative primary challenges will face a tough dilemma.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in December that the party would not accept “nothing” for the debt ceiling and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he could not imagine a clean increase.

Tea Party and outside conservative groups said this week they are still formulating their approach. Feisty outside groups have helped pull congressional Republicans to the right in several past battles, but  they came under intraparty criticism — most notably from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — for pushing the GOP into the ill-fated shutdown fight over ObamaCare.

With the debt limit looming as the next battleground, conservative forces are still looking for a policy win, but are not drawing any lines in the sand.

“Conservatives have the expectation that the debt ceiling is an important tool to reduce the size and scope of the government,” said Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. “That’s what conservatives are going to be looking for…that’ll be the expectation from conservative voters.”

Even so, Holler acknowledged that no clear overall strategy has crystallized around the debt limit yet.

Some conservatives, however, are sounding as combative as ever…..


Ted Cruz doesn’t think the Government Shutdown was wrong….

Ted Cruz, The Texas GOP Senator,  who was The Tea Party Army House leader, stands by his actions….

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) doesn’t think he made any mistakes related to the government shutdown, but he can think of things others should regret, he said in remarks aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown,” he told ABC’s Jonathan Karl during an interview at the Tortilla Coast restaurant on Capitol Hill, where he had met with fellow conservative lawmakers during the shutdown.

Cruz ended the year insistent in a number of interviews that the government shutdown, which wounded the economy and put many temporarily out of work, was solely the fault of Democrats who refused to make changes to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law as demanded by Republicans, including himself.

He said he has no regrets about the shutdown, even though many other GOP lawmakers have said the strategy he pushed — which failed to defund Obamacare — was the wrong one. Karl asked him about statements by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has been increasingly critical of conservative groups that Boehner says helped drive the GOP into its unsuccessful stance during the shutdown.

“I can’t help what other people say,” Cruz said.



Those who think the Conservatives in the GOP got ‘it’ after the shutdown show last time?…Wait…



Because while EVERYONE thinks the Republicans took it on the chin on the last one…..

A LOT of the Conservative Tea Party types don’t see things that way……

They where HAPPY with the problems they put the country thru….

And they seem to be getting ready to try to their ‘thing’ again…..

It would take a sizable movement to sink the budget deal — likely requiring more than five Senate Republicans, or more than half of House Republicans, since many Democrats are expected to back the deal — which aides on both sides think is unlikely to happen.

But it doesn’t mean that a handful of strident opponents couldn’t scuttle an agreement, or at least make a lot of noise about it.

Conservatives are most unhappy about a budget deal that includes an increase in discretionary spending above the levels established in the sequester. Democrats have been insistent that some — preferably all — of the sequester cuts be replaced.

The deal being crafted by Murray and Ryan ultimately struck a middle ground — eliminating some of the sequester cuts but doing so by finding revenues to offset them in other areas.

Before even seeing the details, some Senate conservatives were already starting to cast doubt on backing a deal that violates the sequester caps.

“I don’t see a way at this point,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said of whether he could support such a deal.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also expressed concern that the deal won’t address long-term debt and deficit problems.

“What we really need is a government with less debt and an economy that is creating more stable middle-class jobs,” Rubio said Tuesday on Sean Hannity’s radio program. “And my sense, from what I’ve read, is that this budget is going to fail to accomplish those goals. It’s going to make it harder for Americans to achieve the American dream.”

And as the election year creeps closer, the reality or fear of primary opponents could make Republicans who can often be counted on to vote for a bipartisan deal more apprehensive.

“I hope I don’t have to,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who is facing a Republican primary opponent, when asked whether he could support a budget deal that breaks the sequester caps.

Many of the House’s most conservative members would be happy to offer Democrats a take-it-or-leave-it option of keeping the sequester in place or shutting down the government, again.


This from Red State.….

Despite the Obama-generated mantra over the shutdown, Democrats would not be plummeting so quickly if Republicans had not just forced them to “own” every word of ObamaCare.

So here’s a little advice from a former Army Reserve Officer: You win a war by shooting the other side’s troops. You don’t obliterate your own “ground game” because your enemy tells you to…


Could we have Another Shutdown Show?


Politico is out with a piece about a group from within Congress that has been working together to prevent  another Government shutdown…..

But the question will be House GOP Speaker John Boehner and how he deals with the House Tea Party Army, which was led by Texaes GOP Senator Ted Cruz , who has NOT promised to forgo a shutdown …..

“Let’s say the Budget Committee is unable to reach any kind of agreement,” Collins said. “I would think that our group would reconvene and talk about whether we could put together a plan.”

“They’re making some headway. Not as much as I’d like to see,” Manchin said of the budget leaders. “If they fall and get nothing and you come on the eve of a shutdown? You don’t want that to happen. We’re not going to let that happen.”

The group has been there before: Bipartisan deal makers like Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) believe their October talks and draft legislation paved the way for an eventual deal between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to reopen the government and avoid a debt crisis.

The group includes lawmakers who aren’t afraid to buck their leadership, whether it’s Republicans Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voting with Democrats to advance President Barack Obama’s nominees or Democrats Manchin and Mark Pryor of Arkansas opposing Reid’s historic push to revamp the filibuster rules.

Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) described the caucus as “kind of the volunteer fire department,” explaining that it may again be called on to unlock negotiations during what looks to be a heated debate between two parties long divided over tax and spending policy.

The entire group met formally in early November and agreed not to disband, though members decided not to endorse specific policies until the budget committee negotiations play out. But the aisle-crossing crew has continued to meet in small groups and speak privately since the shutdown ended, mindful that it took precious days to build the bipartisan fiscal negotiating team during the 16-day government shutdown this fall.

For more than a week in October, Washington was paralyzed by the first government shutdown in 17 years


What possible Budget Deal and Will there be a Cruz Factor?….Again?

Yesterday I posted up a report formn the Hill that there could be a possoble budget deal worked between Sen Patty Murray and Rep Paul Ryan…..

The word was the parties where $85 Billion apart…..

Well this morning the word is NOPE….

Murray spokesman Eli Zupnick and Ryan spokesman William Allison said that even describing the proposals as a tentative deal is “false.”

“Talks continue and Murray remains hopeful that they can reach a deal, but there is no framework or deal that has been reached,” Zupnick said.

The elements of a deal being bandied about Capitol Hill and K Street hail from previous budget talks, are relatively non-controversial and very well could end up in the deal.

According to the circulating proposal, a deal could replace $65 billion in sequester cuts over two years, leaving most of the $91 billion per year cuts in place. The restored spending could be split between the Pentagon and non-defense programs.

Not only would a January shutdown be avoided, but fiscal 2015 would be settled as well, opening up the chance for 12 regular appropriations bills to be passed by next Oct. 1.


We may be getting ready in fact to replay of a coulpe of months ago folks despite Republicans efforts to NOT go there….

Ted Cruz Readies Second Attempt To Peg Obamacare Repeal To Budget Deal

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a leader in the anti-Obamacare showdown that shut the federal government last month, is plotting how he might exploit the next budget crisis for another try at repealing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

While members of Congress negotiate plans to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling, Cruz, during a Bloomberg TV appearance Thursday, jumped at the opportunity to reiterate his steadfast disproval of Obamacare and said he remains focused on its repeal.



Sen. Cruz does NOT indicate if he will mount a ‘shutdown’ cllange to a possible deal….

But will Cruz and the media be looking for some noise?