November 15, 2014 11:30 am -

Forgetting that their tactics didn’t work last time, Republicans are considering short-term funding bills with the implied threat that at any time the government should be shut down when they expire.


Instead of passing a spending bill in the coming days that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, Republicans are considering a short-term measure that would expire early next year, according to more than a dozen top lawmakers and their aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

When Congress reconvenes in the new year, Republicans would then pass other short-term bills, each designed to create a forum to push back against the president and, possibly, gain concessions. Republicans also are planning to file a lawsuit against the president over his use of executive authority, according to the lawmakers and aides…

By promising not to shut down the government, the GOP may be undercutting the strategy behind the use of short-term bills. The main leverage behind such maneuvers is the possibility of a shutdown. Removing that possibility could give Democrats little incentive to make a deal.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

15 responses to Republicans Threatening Short-Term Funding Bills Implying Government Shutdown

  1. M D Reese November 15th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Oh what else is new! I hope that the GOPTPers shut down the government, “repeal” Obamacare another 40-50 times, outlaw abortion and birthcontrol and of course pass a “personhood” amendment. Apparently we have not hit bottom yet.

    • Abby Normal November 15th, 2014 at 11:45 am

      They’ll also threaten to default on the debt, thus throwing the economy into a full-scale depression. Same old GOP tricks.

      • M D Reese November 15th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

        Yup–I missed the first Great Depression–but it looks like I might get to see the second one. And not even 100 years apart. We are outdoing ourselves, stupid-wise.

    • Suzanne McFly November 15th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Ed Schultz said he thinks the repubs might attach a Keystone pipeline approval to every bill so that Obama will have to veto every bill that reaches his desk. When I heard that, I thought we might be going to an even worse place than we where with the previous congress, just when we thought it can’t get worse….

      • Allan Kim Harrison November 15th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        He doesn’t have to veto it. Special Ed says the damnedest things.

      • M D Reese November 15th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        I’m kind of at that “go ahead–make my effing day!” stage.

  2. mea_mark November 15th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Obama should veto the very first short-term funding bill sending a message to congress that he isn’t going to play games with them where the security of the nation and it’s people are put at risk.

    • Allan Kim Harrison November 15th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      That would make him the one responsible for shutting down government. When Obama asserts his power he’s doing his job. When congress asserts their power it’s playing games?

      • mea_mark November 15th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        If it is just short-term funding, yes. If they are serious about America and governing they will do their job.

  3. StoneyCurtisll November 15th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Just who does this Obama fellow think he is, the President?

  4. GG_NV November 15th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    This is how republicans govern…STARVE GOVERNMENT….

  5. fancypants November 15th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    that’s no way to solve any disagreements with Romney care

  6. tiredoftea November 15th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Just like six year olds! Except that when they hold their breath our government faints.