John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are being pushed towards the brink of another government shutdown disaster, and their only solution is to blame President Obama.
Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding showdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama’s expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster, according to sources involved with the sessions.
Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and their top aides and deputies are mulling several options that would give Capitol Hill Republicans the opportunity to vent their frustration with what they view as an unconstitutional power grab by the White House — without jeopardizing the government financing bill.
The House’s constant vacation schedule is another complication that is coming back to bite Boehner on the backside. The House will only have ten weekdays in session before the government shutdown deadline. The Republicans currently have no options that they are certain would pass. It is interesting to note that Republicans are so angry that President Obama might do something that they have triggered a crisis all on their own.
No one knows what the president is going to do, but the Republican motto is that if Obama is going to be doing it, it is bad and must be stopped. I suspect that there is no gesture that will make Republicans happy. Immigration is a big red button that causes congressional Republicans go insane with rage and turn into a circular firing squad.
If Boehner and McConnell do a series of short term funding bills, they will only be putting off the inevitable shutdown confrontation until they are in the majority. With no solutions on the table Republicans have retreated back to what their default position, which is to blame Obama. The Republicans have no plan, and even though they keep telling the media that there will be no government shutdown, it is looking more and more like the country is heading towards the brink of another Republican self-created crisis.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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