Congress Avoids Government Shutdown

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown

( – 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.

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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