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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 12:35 PM

A government shutdown is looming. Congress must make a deal in time.

Opinion by Editorial Board

AS THOUGH the country did not have enough trouble, in about a month the federal government’s authority to spend money runs out. The current law expires on Sept. 30, and with both the House and the Senate currently on recess until Sept. 8, the remaining time on the legislative calendar is only some 15 days. Given the overlap with the final days of the election campaign, and the political costs President Trump paid from the last partial government shutdown between Dec. 22, 2018, and Jan. 25, 2019, you’d think he’d want to avoid another. Democrats, too, probably have an interest in not risking the blame for such a mess. We can only urge both parties to summon the minimal agreement necessary at least to pass a continuing resolution as soon as possible. A bit of good news: A suspension of the debt ceiling through next July was set in a July 2019 compromise, so that issue shouldn’t have to be relitigated.

The real sticking point between the White House and Democrats in Congress, though, is a new round of support for the U.S. economy, still reeling from the coronavirus and related necessary public health measures. Negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Trump administration representatives are essentially at an impasse, with Republicans reportedly contemplating a new “skinny” offer that Ms. Pelosi is sure to reject: The roughly $500 billion concept would include enhanced unemployment benefits, small business loans and money for schools and covid-19-related health needs.

Those are good priorities, but Ms. Pelosi has said, correctly, that the dollar amounts are far too small. Also, no deal should be done that fails to provide funds for election administration and state and local governments.

Mr. Trump’s attempt to compensate for the failure to compromise by issuing executive orders is bound to fall short. The private sector has generally balked at his offer to postpone payroll tax deductions for their employees, due to technical and logistical issues and potential difficulties paying the funds back to the government next year. As for his use of federal disaster money to supply an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits, 40 of the 50 states have been approved to participate, of which six have actually started delivering money. But the $44 billion available would last only six weeks if all states and D.C. participate by the Sept. 10 deadline, according to the Century Foundation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-government-shutdown-is-looming-congress-must-make-a-deal-in-time/2020/09/01/fa4a56dc-e957-11ea-970a-64c73a1c2392_story.html

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Zorro Sep 2020 OP
bullimiami Sep 2020 #1
brush Sep 2020 #2
Thekaspervote Sep 2020 #3
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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Sep 3, 2020, 12:45 PM

1. Maybe trump can't do as much damage without our money.

Perhaps it’s better to shutter the broken federal govt until next year.

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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 01:01 PM

2. This should work to our advantage as the repugs won't want a gov shutdown with its funds...

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stoppage on top of the covid crisis, the mass unemployment, the shutdown of the $600 benefit and evictions beginning to happen on their watch just before the elections.

The Speaker will recognize the strong position the Dems are in and get something major passed. Moscow Mitch won't dare stop it as he's up for re-election too.

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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 02:07 PM

3. ☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️

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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 02:29 PM

4. Yes.

Trump would refuse to re-open unless he was re-elected.

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