The United States has entered its 66th consecutive month of net job creation, bringing down the unemployment rate to 5.1 percent and the deficit continues to be cut. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, blocked Republican attempts to derail President Obama’s historical Iran nuclear agreement, on Thursday. And millions of Americans are getting health insurance – the uninsured rate is now roughly 1 in 10 people. Basically, Obama has saved this country from the mess the Bush Administration left for him, so what do Republicans want to do?
Shut down the government — AGAIN.
After all these victories have been delivered to the American people, Republicans in Congress have resorted to threats of shutting down the government for the second time over federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
A group of 31 Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives have signed onto a letter sponsored by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina) to oppose any and all funding bills for Planned Parenthood. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told members of the Republican Caucus that a continuing resolution to defund the women’s health service was a better idea.
Here’s the real kicker these moronic conservatives don’t realize: Even if they succeeded in shutting down the federal government, Planned Parenthood would still receive funding because the majority of its federal funds come from Medicaid — which is not funded through a regular appropriations bill.
So the option is such for Republicans — you shut down the government, Planned Parenthood is still funded. You don’t shut down the government, Planned Parenthood is funded. Either way, their empty threats would be futile and completely counterintuitive to their objectives. It would be a repeat of the 2013 shutdown that Republicans accomplished nothing with, except acquiring billions of dollars in damage to the economy.
Congress has 10 session days before the October 1 deadline. Mulvaney has called on Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the infamous “nuclear option” to force the measure through the Senate:
Mitch is going to have to wake up and figure out that at some point there may be some more important things than some 40-year-old Senate rules.
McConnell, surprisingly, has been realistic on how to truly defund Planned Parenthood — have a Republican president. Just another reason to get out and vote in 2016.
A few members of the House GOP have expressed disapproval of tying in Planned Parenthood funding to the appropriations bill. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) said:
I want a clean CR. I want them to let us finish our work. I want it clean.
I’m still confused as to why Hal Rogers is the Appropriations Chair considering his district houses the poorest county in the United States.
Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma reminded his fellow Republicans that shutting down the government in 2013 only hurt the GOP:
I think [leadership] they want something that will pass. I think October 2013, we had something that was extraordinarily unpopular, which was ObamaCare, shutting down the government still didn’t work, suggests that wasn’t a winning strategy.
So some Republicans have learned their lesson and some haven’t. We will see what comes about on October 1.
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