Yet another GOP dilemma

boehnerYet another dilemma: the GOP has to walk a fine line once again. The GOP  leadership seeks to avoid a government shutdown without splitting the party, so the House must pass a funding bill. They could:

  • Pass a bill that the far right would support with mostly Republican votes.
  • Pass a bill with support from Democrats which would pass the Senate and be signed into law.

The first alternative might not pass the Senate; no time remains for Senate amendments. The second plan might divide the party–a development GOP leadership has taken pains to avoid when they could. The bill will be released at the last minute to leave as little time as possible for opposition to organize. It will be interesting to learn what is included and what is omitted. Whatever it is, Tom Reed is likely to vote in favor. Stay tuned.

© William Hungerford – December 2014

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3 Responses to Yet another GOP dilemma

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    One possible adjustment – just in time to be bad.

    “Congress prepared on Monday to scale back Michelle Obama’s school-lunch nutrition mandates and curtail some clean water regulations in a $1 trillion spending bill that would avert a government shutdown this week but extract a policy price from Democrats.”

    “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in a federal pilot program for the procurement of locally-grown produce in New York State schools. The Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables was included in the 2014 federal Farm Bill and creates a new project to procure unprocessed fruits and vegetables. New York is one of eight states selected to participate in this first-of-its-kind federal initiative, the application for which was submitted by the New York State Office of General Services.”

    “According to Jane Black at The Washington Post, the bill includes money for the establishment of school gardens and for sourcing local foods.”


  2. whungerford says:

    Will attacking school lunch nutrition and the like win right wing support without causing the Senate or President Obama to balk? The GOP needs to tread carefully–waiting till the last day leaves no room for mistakes.


  3. solodm says:

    As we know from the past, a hurried no-time-for-debate approach, coupled with desperation to pass a bill, has provided many opportunities for ugly legislation to pass the House – and sometimes the Senate. Below is an example, though it has not yet passed the Senate, it may.


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