• John Boehner’s $1 Trillion Budget May ‘Shut Down’ Federal Government

    There is a chance that Republican leaders in the House will get exactly what they fear — a government shutdown.

    Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenants are doing everything possible to avoid a government shutdown, yet the secrecy surrounding the details of legislation to keep the federal government open may lead to a shutdown. They have crafted a massive spending bill that they want the House and Senate to vote on this week and they refuse to allow anybody to see the details of this gigantic bill.

    The Hill reports today that the secrecy surrounding the government spending bill has given the appropriators license to load it up with unrelated matters and good old fashioned pork projects:

    Outside groups are bracing for surprises in the massive government-funding bill the Congress is expected to consider (this) week.

    In a transparent democracy, there should be no surprises, because a functioning government would have hearings and the people would be allowed to see how politicians are spending their money. This bill will cost taxpayers over $1 trillion, yet they are not allowed to participate in the process.

    Taxpayers should be outraged.

    This Hill story says that is might “be a final chance for lobbyists and lawmakers alike to find a vehicle for their priorities,” yet the taxpayers get stuck with the bill. This is another reason why the American people hate Washington, DC and both parties. Neither party cares at all about saving money for the taxpayer, they are more worried about not getting blamed for a government shutdown.

    News reports indicate that the House has made a deal. Last week they passed Congressman Ted Yoho’s bill to undo the President’s executive actions on immigration. The bill passed by a 219-197 vote yet there is no chance that it will even get to the President’s desk. This is supposed to be a cover vote for many Republicans to then vote to fund the government that is executing the President’s immigration order.

    The deal seems to be cut by the elites, yet it may fall apart because of greed inside the beltway. When lobbyists load up the secretly drafted appropriations bill with lobbyists requests, this house of cards may collapse. If the lobbyists push too hard, support for the bill might collapse.

    There is a very good chance that the federal government ‘shuts down’ again and the person the American public should blame is the Speaker of the House. He is allowing this last minute deal to be cut in secret and the leadership expects the American people to roll over and take it.

    My sources on in the House tell me that there is a 50/50 chance that this deal collapses and the this $1 trillion appropriations bill fails.

    Cloakroom Confidential

    Cloakroom Confidential was a longtime Capitol Hill staffer and insider who has contacts in the House and Senate at the highest levels.

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