Vincent Gray confronts Reid on Capitol steps over shutdown’s impact on District


“Sir, we are not a department of the government,” the mayor told Reid after concluding his news event and then crashing another about 50 yards away, where Reid and other Senate Democrats were talking to reporters. “We’re simply trying to be able to spend our own money.”

Reid (Nev.) responded defensively in front of a bank of cameras and reporters: “I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up, okay? Don’t screw it up.”

The tension came after the Republican-controlled House voted last week to pass a bill allowing the District to use its locally raised tax funds to maintain operations until Dec. 15. Democrats, including Reid and President Obama, have held fast in opposition to piecemeal funding bills, saying Republicans must come to a deal to fund the entire government, not just favored segments.

Looks like even the most ardent democrats are tired of the Reid’s games.


It is a real fear of Washington Democratic politicians,. that government could shut down, and people end up working around it and eventually finding that they can do just fine without a big federal government funding all these non-essential services.

Obama and Reid are working overtime to ensure that that does not happen.


Eleanor Holmes Norton confronts Obama on D.C. budget bill

By Ed O’Keefe, Updated: October 9, 2013

Updated 9:30 p.m.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had what some colleagues called “a heated exchange” and what she described as “a conversation” with President Obama during a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon regarding the District’s budget constraints as a result of the partial government shutdown.

Norton attended the meeting in the White House East Room with nearly 200 House Democrats and was one of a handful given the opportunity to ask the president a question. When she was called upon, Norton pressed Obama to support a House-passed bill that would permit the District to use its locally raised tax funds to maintain operations until Dec. 15.

Democrats, including Obama, have held fast in opposition to such piecemeal funding bills, saying Republicans must come to a deal to fund the entire government, not just favored segments.

Making her point, Norton spoke over the president and refused to yield the microphone, according to a lawmaker who attended the event. The lawmaker described Norton as “strident,” “self-absorbed” and “parochial” in her exchange with Obama.

But Obama held firm to his belief that Republicans should work to reopen the entire federal government and not pass stand-alone spending measures, said the lawmaker, who asked not to be identified in order to speak frankly and maintain relationships with colleagues.

Norton confirmed in an interview that she pressed Obama to support the bill and that she doesn’t care whether some colleagues felt uncomfortable about the exchange.

“I wasn’t picking a fight with the president, I think the people of the District would expect me to have a conversation with him rather than just asking a question,” Norton said.

While most lawmakers might not interrupt Obama as he answered their question, Norton said she was compelled to interject when Obama suggested in his response to her that the budget crunch facing the District is similar to how other congressional districts are adjusting during the shutdown.

Doesn’t she know who she was talking to?


The King?


“It’s good to be da king…”


The cracks are starting to show. And their internal polling is showing how badly they are looking, that is why the recent push by Obama and his lying about being ready to negotiate (when he had said just the opposite).


Agreed. People that are following this with any degree of interest know who is playing games and who is trying to make things work.

Responding to the people’s will, House Republicans first voted to fund all of government – except Obamacare. Obama adminsitration said they had lost their minds and Senate democrats call Republicans legislative arsonists and refused to allow a vote.

Then the Republicans voted to fully fund the government, but merely delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. Obama called it blatant extortion and Senate leadership called Republicans terrorist with bomb vests and refused to allow a vote.

Finally, the Republicans voted to fully fund the government, but added a requirement that everyone live under Obamacare. No more special waivers for Congress and their staff, and no (illegal) waivers for big business without the same waivers for individuals. Obama went golfing and sicced national park police on 90 year old war veterans and Harry Reid chewed out the mayor of Washington DC for asking “Please may I have more” and refused to allow a vote.


The problem is, Sam, that most Americans are not following with any degree of interest, at least not a degree that urges them to look past the Obama Pravda at ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. :shrug:




Another fraction in the democrats as they realize their position is becoming increasingly unpopular.

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would have funded the $100,000 emergency payments to the families of deceased service members despite the ongoing government shutdown. But the non-profit Fisher House announced almost immediately after the vote that it would step in to continue the funding instead, a workaround devised after President Barack Obama asked the Department of Defense to find a “creative” way to continue the program.

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It’s unclear now if the president will sign the Senate-passed legislation, since the White House still says that the Fisher House deal solves the problem.

“The legislation is not necessary,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday, calling the GOP strategy of passing individual bills to address some of the most heavily publicized consequences of the shutdown “preposterous.”

After the president said Wednesday that he’d sign on to the Fisher House plan, the Senate did not immediately take up the House-passed bill.

But early Thursday afternoon, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, came to the Senate floor to ask that the upper chamber approve the House-passed measure anyway.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded that the move would be “moot” because of the Fisher House program, and the vote would be only “for show.”

“The death benefit issue has been resolved,” he said. “The Department of Defense stepped forward and took care of everything, and so this issue is largely moot.”

But Reid did not object, saying he would allow the move to approve the legislation “if my friend from Texas feels more comfort as a result of doing this, which I think is unnecessary.”

**Moments later, the legislation was considered unanimously approved. **

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