From HuffPo ….
WASHINGTON — House Republicans gave up trying to keep the government open as the clock ticked to midnight Monday, opting instead to try to appoint a “conference committee” to come up with a funding measure.
Democrats immediately rejected the move.
“We will not go to conference with a gun to our head,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. He said Tuesday would “be a bad day for government,” but a “day of celebration” for the tea party.”
The House move meant abandoning the back-and-forth that gripped the House and Senate all day as the GOP-led lower chamber insisted on offering government funding bills that chipped away at the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate voted down the last bid shortly before 10 p.m., leaving the House the option of passing a “clean” six-week funding bill just in time to stave off a shutdown.
House GOP leaders decided not to, and shifted tactics, announcing they would take a slower legislative route. Conference committees are appointed when the House and Senate pass different versions of the same legislation, and they do not generally move quickly.
But Republicans insisted they were taking the responsible step, even though it meant grinding all government functions that are deemed non-essential to a halt, such as running parks, issuing visas, and clearing potential gun purchasers, among many other government jobs.
Well, we have one more sing-along for the night! It looks like we’ll have to belay more studies of transgender Brazilian smokers and what not. I’m wondering if tracking our text messages would be considered “essential”?
Well, let’s ask the Stones about all of this …….
In other important news, my Dolphins are getting their behinds handed to them. Well, sing it to me to Mick!