CD047: Talking Pointing

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

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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 Obamacare the 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 benefits subsidies 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:

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.

CD018: The Ryan Budget

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:

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