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SENATE REJECTS LATEST HOUSE PROPOSALS
by Sharon Rondeau
Congress normally continues to work and be paid during times when appropriations have not been approved. The Senate and House have been unable to agree on a spending bill as of 10:02 p.m. EDT on Monday, with a midnight deadline looming.
Under the hashtag #FairnessforAll, House Republicans are tweeting that on Saturday they voted to keep government functioning and delay the implementation of Obamacare for a year. However, the Senate rejected the House’s amendments passed on Saturday other than for military funding, and a stalemate looks likely.
Also on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz, who protested Obamacare for more than 21 hours on the Senate floor over Tuesday and Wednesday, announced that he would donate his salary to charity for every day of the shutdown if it occurs.
Rep. Bill Flores has pledged to donate his salary “to reduce the federal debt” for each day of a shutdown.
The expected partial government shutdown would affect the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration, and White House staff.
#FairnessforAll strives to eliminate special treatment of Washington politicians in regard to Obamacare’s mandates which average Americans will not receive. One of the provisions passed by the House and sent to the Senate on Monday was intended to “cancel healthcare subsidies for Congress, the President, and the executive branch,” according to Flores.
The health care bill known as Obamacare was signed into law by Obama on March 23, 2010 without a single Republican vote. Since that time, physicians have announced early retirements; premiums and the cost of medicine are reportedly skyrocketing; hospitals have laid off workers; and an Independent Policy Advisory Board (IPAB) is legislated to make decisions affecting the life and death of elderly, infirm or chronically ill patients, otherwise known as “death panels.”
Obama had said that “death panels” were not included in the legislation, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi had told the nation that “We need to pass it to find out what is in it.”
Americans are now finding out “what is in it.” On Saturday, The Daily Caller reported that health care plans have been “wiped out” in ten states as a result of Obamacare.
No Democrat or Republican has addressed whether or not Obama’s signature on the bill or any other piece of legislation is legal, as he has presented two fraudulent birth certificates and a fraudulent Selective Service registration card to the public as determined by a two-year law enforcement investigation.
CNN described the looming shutdown as “crippling” with a comprehensive list of departments to be affected by it if it happens. Those affected included the FCC, FTC, the National Council on Disability, the Office on Government Ethics, and the Inter-American Foundation, among many others.
Update, 10:29 p.m. EDT: NBC has just announced that Obama signed the provision which would continue military pay during a shutdown on which the Senate and House were in agreement.