After poll-after-poll of Americans' opinions suggested that the Republican House of Representatives and President Barack Obama are considered most to blame for the government shutdown, Yahoo! News is reporting on Sunday that the Democratic United States Senate is now the governmental branch that is blatantly halting progress to end the shutdown by making new demands.
ABC News is reporting that major portions of the nation’s previous sequester need to be undone before the Senate Democrats are willing to move on to a solution to the current government shutdown. Democrats are now demanding changes to current law as a condition for ending the shutdown which has affected some-17 percent of the government being shut down – as any portion of the government related to national safety or security is still enacted.
Before the latest demands by the Democrats, it looked as though an agreement was going to be negotiated successfully by extending government funding until at least the end of January 2014 – well into the New Year. The Democrats in Washington, D.C., unfortunately, have stopped the progress over the weekend. Democrats are insistent on undoing some of the sequester cuts which cuts which were put into law. To Republicans, naturally, this is not to be considered.
October 17, 2013 is the day the United States Treasury Department has stated that the government will likely default if Congress does not extend the government’s ability to borrow more money.
The Republicans have offered one solution being the defunding of the costly and troubled Obamacare program – the Affordable Care Act – but the Democrats refuse to save money by doing that as well. Republicans have taken practically all of their demands – including the Obamacare defunding solution – off the table – which gave many persons hopes that the shutdown would end. With the latest demand by the Democrats, talks in the negotiations have been set back tremendously again.
Unlike weeks past, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are now talking. But while the Republicans have been very willing to end the shutdown, they are now being asked to increase spending again – which they are not willing to do.
Many Republicans are torn between appeasing the increased spending which the Democrats are demanding and doing what voters asked them to do in the last congressional election of 2012 – which is to stop the spending.
The national debt is already at approximately $17 trillion.