(RightWing.org) – Congress is known for a lot of things, but being responsible isn’t one of them. House Democrats and Republicans are still trying to agree on a relief package for hurting Americans and businesses. It’s a wonder they were able to pass a short-term funding bill to keep the government open on Wednesday, September 30.
84-10: With less than six hours before tonight's midnight deadline, Senate passes short-term spending bill extending current government funding through December 11th to avert a shutdown. Bill passed House 359-57-1 last week and now heads to WH for President Trump to sign. pic.twitter.com/h2PJohGqOj
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) September 30, 2020
The government is now funded through December 11. Unable or unwilling to pass a budget over the summer, Congress punted. Now the country can expect another threat of a government shutdown during a lame-duck session of Congress.
Despite passing the bill, would it be Congress if it didn’t add some money to special interest programs? Nutrition assistance programs Democrats couldn’t pass in a relief bill found its way in at $8 billion. Democrats were also able to prevent payments from going out to oil and gas refineries and importers as part of their climate change agenda.
Will Congress pass a budget in December? Based on their previous record, it isn’t likely. This means American’s may get hit hard in the wallet again since the politicians found a way around the Constitution to spend money without budgeting for it.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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