House Republicans are preparing a third short-term spending resolution in the event that a long-term compromise cannot be reached with Senate Democrats and the White House before April 8, GOP aides confirm. That scenario suddenly looks a lot more likely after a tense back-and-forth Monday between leaders on both sides of the debate. The measure would last for one week, cut $12 billion in domestic discretionary spending, but would include funding for the Defense Department until the end of the current fiscal year (September 30).
...Following a Republican conference meeting Monday night, House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) of negotiating in bad faith and placed the blame for the recent breakdown in negotiations squarely at Reid’s feet, alleging that the Senate leader had abruptly instructed Democratic negotiators to cease negotiating over the weekend.
Several members expressed concern that Senate Democrats were angling for a government shutdown. “That’s the only possible interpretations of [Reid's] actions,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R., Idaho), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. “We’re doing everything we can to avoid a government shutdown. If the government shuts down it will be because Harry Reid refuses to sit and negotiate in good faith…it’ll be because that’s what they want.”
The problem is two-fold for Democrats.
Most Americans, who realize the government has a disastrous spending problem, support a shutdown of non-essential services.
Second, the longer taxpayers realize a shutdown actually benefits them -- and has no visible impact on their lives -- the worse a public relations problem it becomes for the Pelosi Party.
It ain't 1995, Mr. Speaker. In the spirit of bipartisanship, let the Democrats shut the government down.
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