Folks, the government’s still shutdown, and there’s been no agreement yet on how to end it. However, there is one interesting procedural gambit brewing worth noting. The Democrats are reportedly considering filing a discharge petition to vote on a clean continuing resolution (CR). When a committee sits on a piece of legislation for a certain number of days, Members are able to file a discharge petition, which, when endorsed by a majority of the Representatives, removes the bill from the committee and allows it to be brought to the Floor for consideration. Discharge petitions are rarely successful because they minority party usually files them, requiring some of the majority in effect to vote against their leadership.
Of course, as the shutdown drags on, Federal workers lose out on their wages. However, the government usually passes legislation providing the money that they would have earned if they had been at work per usual. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on such a bill on Saturday.
Although about 800,000 Federal employees are temporarily out of work, this shutdown has been great for the legendary musical satirists the Capitol Steps.
Since we have to blame someone for the gridlock, National Journal asked its readers to name names. The publication found out that it was to blame.
Pundits have warned that America’s financial problems will have international consequences. They were right: American military cemeteries overseas, popular tourist attractions, have been closed.