In the hours before the government shutdown, the crisis could have been averted. We take a look at the hours before the deadline and see what Congress has done since they slammed the government’s doors shut.
Links to Information in This Episode
Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)
Music: We Can Make the World Stop by Alun Parry (found on Music Alley by mevio)
Music: Democracy is Dangerous by Thomas Pace (found on Music Alley by mevio)
The Senate Continuing Resolution is the one that has no attacks on the Affordable Care Act; if this bill comes up for a vote, it will almost certainly pass.
Who to call to end the shutdown:
The bills that passed before the shutdown: (CR = Continuing Resolution)
- Bill #1: The House CR that didn’t really defund
Obamacarethe Affordable Care Act (Episode CD044)
- Bill #2: The Senate CR that has not had a vote yet in the House (Episode CD045)
- Bill #3: The House CR that delays the Affordable Care Act for year (Episode CD046)
- Bill #4: The House CR that delays the Affordable Care Act & kills
employer-paid health benefitssubsidies for Congress and their staff.
- Bill #5: The House bill that requests a conference committee with Senate
The bills that have passed the House of Representatives since the shutdown:
- Bill #6: Funds National Parks and some museums
- Bill #7: Funds operations in Washington D.C.
- Bill #8: Funds veterans benefits
- Bill #9: Funds the National Institutes of Health
- Bill #10: Funds the National Guard and reserves
Representatives quoted in this episode who lied on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding a not-real Congressional exemption from the Affordable Care Act:
- Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina
- Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado
- Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas
- Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas
- Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee
- Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky
Reality: Congress is required buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
The Republicans refused for six months to go to conference & work out the budget differences with the Senate.
Representatives quoted in this episode who claimed that Democrats refused to compromise:
YouTube video of Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul
Representatives quoted in this episode who ran with the ‘negotiate’ talking point:
- Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina
- Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia
- Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania
- Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas
- Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana
- Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina
- Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma
- Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland
- Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana
- Rep. Steve King of Iowa
The individual mandate – the key to the Affordable Care Act – was a Republican idea
Consequences of a default caused by a refusal by House Republicans to raise the debt ceiling
Roll Call’s list of items the House Republicans are considering attaching to a debt ceiling bill.
The House plans to vote on bills that deregulate Wall Street as soon as the spotlight is gone.
H.R. 992: The bill that deregulates the derivatives market
Report that explains why the House Financial Services Committee wants to deregulate the derivitives market
H.R. 2374: Prevents regulations that protect 401(k) retirement accounts
Report that explains why the House Financial Services Committee wants to stop 401(k) protecting regulations
Representatives Quoted in This Episode