Republicans in Congress Push for more Cuts
The Republican leadership in Congress is pushing for more budget cuts, which Democrats are saying can lead to a government shutdown. The Republicans say that they want to keep the promise made during last fall’s elections to cut federal government spending.
President Obama has already stated that he’ll veto any attempts by the Republicans to make cuts that the administration deems too much. Even before the bill gets to the White House, it has to go through the Democratic-controlled Senate.
If the budget remains without changes, the federal government will not have any funds left next month. The budget was funded last October and will expire in March 4. As early as now, both parties are blaming each other if ever a disruption in government services will happen.
Harry Reid of Nevada, the top Democrat in Senate, has accused the Republicans in Congress of threatening to shut down the government without trying to look for a compromise. Representative John Boehner, Speaker of the House, stated that the Democrats should be blamed because they didn’t control the budget.
The last government shutdown happened in 1995 when the general public sided with then President Clinton with his fight against the Republicans in the House.