At this point it’s looking like a shutdown is all but a given. Harry Reid’s certainly in no rush to get anything done before the clock runs out.
Here’s Reid’s response to the House Republican offer:
Even if a shutdown happens, though the Dems will try and freak out their low-info voter base (much like their fiscal cliff and sequester apocalyptic scare mongering predictions that never came to fruition), people will realize it’s not the end of the world. This is what panics Washington — the thought that people might realize they can live without large chunks of the federal government.
It’s looking like the military will be funded (the House submitted military funding on a separate resolution). So the only way the military and vets wouldn’t be paid or get their benefits would be if the Senate Dems really want to turn the screws and make the shutdown as painful as possible. We’ll find out later today.
The “this isn’t the way the system was designed to be” whiners are overlooking something: This is exactly the way the system was designed to be:
Article I, Section 7 states that all revenue bills shall originate in the House of Representatives but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on any other bills. The reason for this is that at the time the Constitution was written, it was felt that Senators would be more wealthy than Representatives and might be willing to spend more government money than the Representatives would. Also, the House with its greater numbers was seen as being the better gauge of the wishes of the people for spending measures.
Dems have to pretend this sort of squabbling is “unprecedented” (hardly) in part so they can keep pushing their “racist Republicans just hate the black president” meme. We’re going to hear a lot more of that, assuming a shutdown moves forward.
Oh, and if you were wondering, if there’s a shutdown, the president and Congress will continue to be paid. How surprising.
Update 9:50pm ET: The Senate, as expected, rejected the House CR that would fund government through mid-December but delay the entirety of Obamacare (what parts haven’t already been delayed, such as the individual mandate).
Earlier today the Senate did pass a separate funding bill that means the military will continue to be paid even in the event of a shutdown, which looks to be a certainty at this point.
Update II 11:59pm ET:
The shutdown is official… for now:
BREAKING: Full OMB memo ordering the shutdown pic.twitter.com/WDUKwjrFLR
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 1, 2013