The White House and congress really kept their budget battle going to the wire. But just short of the stroke of midnight an agreement was reached to halt the government shutdown.
Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama stated, “Behind me, through the window, you can see the Washington Monument, visited each by hundreds of thousands from around the world. … Tomorrow, I’m pleased to announce that the Washington Monument, as well as the entire federal government, will be open for business.”
The deal? According to reports the parties agreed to cut $38.5 billion worth of government spending, a figure that is being heralded as the “largest real-dollar spending cut in American history.”
But this is just a short-term solution to avoid a government shutdown, it will just keep the government running until Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner’s office has confirmed that $2 billion of cuts will happen immediately to keep the government going this week, and the rest will keep the government running until September 30th. At least this buys some more time. But time that will probably be spent debating the hot topic that is Planned Parenthood.
Representative Mike Rogers stated that the “senate will hold (a) separate vote on (the) family planning provision.” Meaning that Planned Parenthood had to be pulled out of the discussion so a solution could be agreed to. But just for now. According to reports, there would need to be 218 Republican votes to pass the deal, but that “within the Republican Study Committee…members have said they would vote down any bill that did not include riders to strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood or health care reform,” likely there would be mixed results and hard to all 218 votes needed.
Will the Republicans continue to use Planned Parenthood as a dividing line or will there be some kind of compromise met?
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