Senate Passes the Budget Hot Potato Back to the House
The countdown clocks have taken center stage. Less than 10 hours remain until the new fiscal year starts at midnight on October 1, and if policymakers fail to pass a short-term funding measure — known as a continuing resolution — non-essential government operations will begin shutting down come Tuesday morning, and the atmosphere is thick with pessimism. The latest vote on Monday simply showed that policymakers are determined to stand their ground.
At issue is the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), which has become so politically divisive that policymakers have had pretty much no choice but to dig trenches on either side of the issue and lob rhetoric-packed grenades at each other. Fighting began in earnest last week with the opening salvo from the GOP. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resoluation that would defund Obamacare that pretty much began every shutdown clock across the nation ticking.
Defunding the president’s healthcare law is pretty much anathema for Democrats, and a Senate vote on Friday afternoon sent the resolution back to the House sans the defunding measure. This was the beginning of a high-stakes game of political hot potato that continued into Monday.