When Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was asked Thursday by the Huffington Post about the government running out of money and shutting down on Sept. 30, he said “all bets are off” on passing a CR (continuing resolution).
“If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear,” King said, according to the Des Moines Register. “I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that.”
In the Senate, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said to expect Republicans to attach a rider to any temporary stop gap measure that would thwart future executive actions from the White House.
Question: if Republicans shut down government again, would anyone notice? If closing means no new laws for President Obama to sign, then the likelihood of Americans noticing their legislators are goldbricking again will probably go unnoticed, unless airports close and members of Congress miss their tee times.
The thought of Speaker of the House John Boehner losing his “Tickle Me Elmo” tan may be the reason he is ruling out a repeat of last October, when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had Read-a-Thon of Dr. Seuss in an attempt to defund Obamacare.
But there are those in Congress with seemingly mature views on getting the business of the People done: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who’s facing a tough reelection challenge this fall, said turning the lights out in Washington is a “failed policy.” As he was being interviewed by CNN, McConnell reiterated, “Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns.”
When rational voices are heard from Congress, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is seldom among the crowd. But sometimes the unexpected happens in Washington. Mrs. Bachmann said, “We don’t want to see a disruption in service to anyone. We don’t want to see a disruption in service for veterans, for seniors.”
The country will soon know if the creditworthiness of the United States is in jeopardy. In the meantime the 113th Congress is set to make history again. The aged, male-dominated Republican conference is on track to pass more kidney stones than legislation that could be signed into law.