CALLS FOR PROBLEM TO BE “FIXED”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 30, 2013) — Sen. Ted Cruz, who spoke out against Obamacare on the Senate floor on Tuesday and overnight through Wednesday at noon, has pledged to donate his entire salary to charity for every day that a partial government shutdown is in effect, if it occurs.
Congressionally-approved appropriations must be agreed upon by midnight on Monday to keep all departments of the federal government operating, including the District of Columbia.
The House passed an amended proposal to delay Obama’s health care bill, known as Obamacare, for a year, to pay the military during a shutdown, and to strike the tax on medical devices which Democrats included to pay for the legislation. Appropriations through December 15 are also provided in a Continuing Resolution.
Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have vowed not to negotiate on any aspect of Obamacare, which has reportedly already affected millions who have had their hours reduced, lost their insurance plans because they are not approved by the federal government, or discovered that their spouse and children are no longer covered by their companies’ respective plans. Higher rather than the promised lower premiums have also been reported.
The Senate was out of session on Sunday and did not debate the House’s new bill, although Reid said that it was “stupid” and “pointless.” On Sunday afternoon, House Republicans held a brief press conference urging the Senate to convene in order to avoid a government shutdown.
Cruz is calling the impending shutdown “HarryReidsShutdown” [sic].
At 5:00 p.m., Barack Obama addressed the nation to itemize which departments and employees would be affected by a shutdown. Social Security and Disability checks will go out on time, and the U.S. Postal Service will be open. The White House staff will be cut by about three-quarters, and national parks and museums will close. Services deemed in advance to protect life and property will continue, although there may be a delay in processing paychecks to employees carrying out such services.
Also on Monday, Cruz told Larry Kudlow in an interview that it is “absolutely not” time for the House of Representatives to compromise in order to avoid a shutdown. “If all Senate Democrats vote in lockstep, as they have before, to kill this Continuing Resolution, then I’m sorry to say that Harry Reid will force us into a government shutdown.” Cruz added that he wants the impasse between the Senate and the House to be “fixed,” but decried the negative effects of Obamacare reported thus far.
Reid held a vote on Monday to pass the military pay resolution, which passed unanimously, Cruz said.
Some reports say that the impending shutdown will be more serious than that of 1995-1996 under President Bill Clinton.
Update: As of 9:15 p.m., CBS News reported that a vote was taking place in the Senate on the House bill to delay Obamacare by a year.
As of 9:43 p.m. EDT, a Senate measure which removed the House’s new proposals is set to go back to the House.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.