On Tuesday, September 24, 2013; at approximately 2:40 p.m. Republican Senator of Texas; Ted Cruz initiated a tactic resembling a filibuster that according to reports, was not officially considered such. By Encarta definition a filibuster is; “a tactic used to delay or prevent the passage of legislation using long irrelevant speech.” In an attempt to defund President Obama’s Healthcare reform which falls under the “Affordable Care Act “ signed into legislation in “2010”, Cruz held the senate floor for 21 hours. Oddly enough after the twenty-one hour stand-off, Cruz voted to pass the bill. According to reports from CNN, a Cruz aid explained; “the Senators intent is; to vote against the measure once funding has been restored”.
For those not clear as to what all the fuss is about, Wall Street Journal provided clarity regarding the situation. With the fiscal year ending October 1, 2013 the Senate House passed a bill that would keep the government in full function until the cutoff date. The problem; Republicans who are voicing their concern with spending, introduced a bill with an provision that eliminates funding for Obamacare Reform along with bills that would raise the debt ceiling, while Democrats are attempting to pass a revised bill the removes the health care provision and introduces a new “clean” spending bill, which includes a debt ceiling process.
A possible government shutdown, if the House does not reach an agreement on the proposed “spending bill”, primarily because of provisions that fund Obamacare Reform. The Nation could be faced with a federal government shutdown, agencies affected would be:
• Most federal government offices and programs
• Delays in federal contracts
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