The spending stalemate that has brought the government to the brink of a shutdown is being fueled by G.O.P. demands to add conservative spending mandates opposed by President Biden and Democrats.

The spending showdown that has brought the government to the brink of a partial shutdown this week is being fueled by Republicans in Congress, who, after failing in their efforts to slash federal funding, are still insisting on right-wing policy dictates.

House Republicans loaded up their spending bills with hundreds of partisan policy mandates, a vast majority of which had no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate or being signed by President Biden.

They include measures to target various pieces of Mr. Biden’s agenda, such as one to restrict access to abortion medication and another to restrict the Department of Veterans Affairs from flagging veterans deemed mentally incompetent in a federal background check needed to buy a gun.

With just four days remaining before funding lapses for roughly a quarter of the government, some of those issues are emerging as major sticking points in negotiations to reach a deal to keep the money flowing. Republicans also are objecting to a proposed increase for federal programs aimed at providing nutrition assistance for low-income families as well as for women and infants.

  • @[email protected]
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    213 months ago

    This sounds like an excellent opportunity for any of those “mainstream” republicans to back the democrats. If Mikey J continues to obstruct it’s be hilarious if they kicked him out in favor for a dem too, but I know that thinking’s a bit TOO hopeful

    • @STOMPYI
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      23 months ago

      I have a feeling this is all part of a plan to that ends in GOP not certifying presidential election results when Biden wins.

  • @[email protected]
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    183 months ago

    They want a shutdown lol this idea that negotiating will avert it is silly since you don’t negotiate for things you don’t want.

    • Granite
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      33 months ago

      Yeah… this ain’t going to give them the effect they want. They’ll get blamed by the public and I’m here for it

      • @[email protected]
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        73 months ago

        The conservative news sphere is unfortunately largely impervious to reality and rational thought.

        • @[email protected]
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          53 months ago

          The GOP always does poorly after they force a shut down in an election year though. They just dint know how to operate any differently

        • Hominine
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          33 months ago

          Trump desperately needs swing voters in the upcoming general and looking at the exit polls from the primaries, he is in deep shit (even within his own party at times.) This does not serve that goal in any way outside that right-wing bubble, which is a huge problem for Republicans. Here’s to Biden standing his ground.

        • Granite
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          23 months ago

          True, but conservatives are not the majority of Americans

          • @[email protected]
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            13 months ago

            Unfortunately, the electoral college exists, which means that isn’t as important as it should be.

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          My boss is one of those “ultra Maga” lunatics. He likes to say “well, wherever you get your news isn’t giving you the full story.” I said “did you ever think that maybe you’re being lied to by Newsmax?” He got very indignant about it. The notion that a Russian propaganda channel would lie to him of all people…

          That’s the thing; Dunning-Kruger is rampant among these people. And, it hasn’t escaped me that it’s mostly people with a Southern accent. The fact that the American South has some of the lowest education scores and highest rates of religion kind of tells you everything you need to know about who the civilized world is up against.

          There’s a reason Hitler had a hard-on for the Jim Crow South. The line between Confederate sympathizer and Nazi is razor thin.

  • @Passerby6497
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    103 months ago

    Anyone keeping track of how many of these shutdowns are caused by idiot republicans being idiots? I’m sure we’re up to at least a half dozen by now…

    • @mmcintyre
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      All of them are caused by idiot Republicans being idiots would be my guess!

      But google says 21 of them in the last 5 decades, or 14 since 1980, or 4 since 2010… depending on the article and how far you want to go back.

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    83 months ago

    I’ll tell you how to fix this; make a law where if there is a shutdown, an immediate freeze goes into effect on the assets of every member of Congress. No access to their bank accounts, no flights, no income until the shutdown ends.

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    23 months ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The spending showdown that has brought the government to the brink of a partial shutdown this week is being fueled by Republicans in Congress, who, after failing in their efforts to slash federal funding, are still insisting on right-wing policy dictates.

    Complicating the picture for Speaker Mike Johnson, who met at the White House on Tuesday with President Biden and the other top congressional leaders, Republicans themselves have been divided over what to push for in spending talks.

    Ultraconservative lawmakers who rarely support spending legislation have been the loudest voices in favor of cuts and hard-line policy provisions, but more mainstream and politically endangered Republicans have refused to back them.

    In one case last fall, the more moderate lawmakers helped to sink a spending bill that prevented money from being spent to enforce a District of Columbia law that protects employees from being discriminated against for seeking contraception or abortion services.

    Hard-right Republicans have tried to use their party’s razor-thin majority in the House as leverage to wring spending cuts and conservative policy conditions on how federal money can be spent from Mr. Biden and Democrats in the Senate.

    Right-wing Republicans have grown increasingly unhappy as they have watched government funding keep flowing without cuts or policy changes, and they are ratcheting up pressure on Mr. Johnson to secure some kind of conservative victory in the current spending negotiations.


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      Right-wing Republicans have grown increasingly unhappy as they have watched government funding keep flowing without cuts or policy changes

      Only because the government is spending money on citizens and social programs. They don’t mind the enormous military budget or all the oil, coal, gas, and farm subsidies.

  • SuperSpaceFan
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    13 months ago

    Some of the GOP mandates mentioned seem like obvious poison pills, that will definitely slow down the budget bill’s passage.