What did the House send back to the Senate for consideration last night to prevent the federal government from shutting down? Here are the details:
**An extension of the expiration date of the CR, from the Senate’s November 15 back to the original House resolution’s December 15.
**An extension of expiring authority for the Eisenhower Memorial, as proposed by the Senate.
**An extension of expiring authority to issue special visas to Iraqi refugees who assisted U.S. troops.
**A new provision delaying the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act for one year.
**A new provision requiring the President, Vice President, all political executive branch appointees, Members of Congress, and all Congressional staff to get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges without any form of direct subsidy and without any tax code subsidy except the means-tested subsidies available to all Americans.
What is wrong with any of these things? This House proposal gave Congress an extra month to work out final appropriations without fear of another shut down during that time, gave the Senate what it wants on the Eisenhower Memorial (seriously?), helped Iraqi refugees who helped our troops and are now in danger, gave individuals the same 1-year reprieve from Obamacare that the President gave big business by executive fiat, and subjected elected officials and their staffs to the same laws that apply to everyone else regarding Obamacare.
The Senate promptly killed it within an hour last night. Why would they do so unless they wanted to shut the government down?
House Republicans have asked Senate Democrats for a conference committee to work out a compromise, but Harry Reid continues to refuse.