Posted by: JanF | September 29, 2013

“America Held Hostage” – Tea Party Anarchists Vote to Shut Down U. S. Government

Republican House of Representatives pulls the pin.

GOP House Passes Bill To Delay Obamacare As Gov’t Shutdown Nears

Saturday [September 28] around midnight, the GOP-led House voted to pass three amendments to the continuing resolution which would repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax (248-174), delay the law by one year (231-192) and make sure U.S. troops are paid (423-0). The stopgap bill would keep the government funded through Dec. 15.

At the last minute, party leaders decided to add a special “conscience clause” delaying for one year an Obamacare rule that non-church employer health plans cover contraception without co-pays for female employees.

A senior Senate Democratic aide said it was “highly unlikely” that the Senate would return on Sunday. The White House also issued a statement on Saturday saying that the president would veto the the GOP’s bill. House Democrats were furious with their Republican colleagues.

The House adjourned until Monday at 10am. No Sunday sessions are planned for either house of Congress.

“America Held Hostage” – Day TP minus 2

The people driving this government hostage-taking aren’t looking for half a loaf, and their tactics can’t be rewarded. Even the Republican leadership seems to realize this. The only question is whether their decision to walk away from Cruz will give them the strength to walk away from the threat of a government shutdown.

Boston Globe: Moment of truth for GOP: Break away from Tea Party

Oh, the Iran-y*!

Appearing in the White House briefing room Friday afternoon, President Obama said he had just spoken with Iranian President Rouhani, everything was on track for the nuclear issue, and the U.N. Security Council had reached a resolution that would ban Syria’s chemical weapons. Who could have imagined that negotiating with the Iranians and the Russians would be a more fruitful experience than working with the U.S. Congress?

With just three days left before the government runs out of money and must shut down, Obama stuck by his refusal to negotiate any of the terms the GOP is putting forward, from defunding Obamacare to avoid the shutdown, to a long list of demands that he said includes cutting taxes for millionaires and rolling back regulations on polluters, or else House Republicans won’t vote in the next few weeks to raise the debt ceiling.

“I’m willing to make a whole bunch of tough decisions,” he said, adding not all of them are ones his party would like, “but I’m not going to do this under the threat of blowing up the entire economy.” He called out the Republicans for “appeasing” the Tea Party on issues that have nothing to do with the deficit. And after the spectacle of Ted Cruz talking for 21 hours, the debate now moves to the House, where more than 40 self-styled Ted Cruzes have so far refused to budge from their hard-line position.

Eleanor Clift: Iran, Yes. Congress, No. Obama Won’t Budge for Hardliners at Home


*In 1979, the Iranian government took 52 Americans hostage. President Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy,” adding that “the United States will not yield to blackmail.” Ted Koppel and ABC News started a nightly feature “America Held Hostage” including the number of days the hostages had been imprisoned. The standoff lasted 444 days. On September 28, 2013, GOP anarchists took 316 million Americans hostage. On November 4, 2014, 499 days from Tuesday, October 1, 2013, we can vote the hostage takers out of office and free the American people. And on January 4, 2015, 463 days from today, the United States government will again be free to … govern.