Many Americans were upset by the Government Shutdown that occurred on October 1, 2013. Some would even say that this could have been avoided entirely. The government was shutdown because Congress couldn't agree to a budget. According to the Constitution, Congress must pass a fiscal Federal Budget for the fiscal federal year Oct. 1-Sept. 30. This is accomplished when the House and Senate are able to come to an agreed upon budget which is then sent to the President for his signature or veto.
According to CNN, Congress has one key duty in the Constitution, and that is to pass spending bills that fund the government. If it doesn't, then most functions of the government comes to a screeching halt; such as, funding agencies, small business loans, and processing passport requests.
We heard so much talk on Obamacare during the talking points, and many people believed that the Republicans were using Obamacare as a bargaining chip to get their way. However, the reason the budget had so much to do with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was because it would require funding from the Federal Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. In other words, Republicans saw that Obamacare would require a great deal of funds that could cause an upheaval to our nation's economy. Therefore, this is why the Republicans were trying to defund Obamacare.
On another note, it has come to the Americans attention that the Government shutdown was planned. A U.S. Representative, Chris Van Hollen D-MD, has published a video on YouTube on October 12th that highlights H.R. (House Representative) 368; which is a rule change that essentially guarantees a government shutdown. In other words, Chris Van Hollen reveals that House Republicans made a small last-minute change to House rules creating a change that blocks a potential option, that could have been taken, to avoid the federal government shutdown in its entirety.
The rule in question, derived from House Clause 4 Rule 22, states, "When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged.” This means that any member of Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, have the right to prevent a government shutdown. Due to this Clause being overturned, without the knowledge of the Democrats, by H.R. 368, it overrides House Clause 4 Rule 22 entirely. The kicker to all of this is that H.R. 368 was written into law on September 30th. Instead of them coming together to prevent a government shutdown, they were making sure that a government shutdown could happen!
So, while millions of people were affected by this government shutdown, Congress was still getting paid. This is the Nation that we live in, and these are the people leading our Country. From the words of Chris Van Hollen, "Democracy has been suspended." Pray for these leaders and for America! Check out the video in its entirety of Chris Van Hollen exposing this last-minute change in making a government shutdown legal!
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