Shutdown has Houston government employees working for free

HOUSTON, TX – The government shutdown saga continues, and lawmakers in Washington appear no closer to reaching an agreement.

People all over the nation aren’t getting paid, and here at home, many are feeling the crunch.

Clifton Buchanan works at the prison in downtown Houston, and the shutdown has him working for free.

“It affects us because we’re required, as law enforcement officers, to come to work even though we will not be getting paid,” he said. “It just doesn’t make sense that we’re having to go without pay and many of us will be behind and will not be able to fill our financial obligations.”

Yeah, rough stuff.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went after House Speaker John Boehner for not allowing the House to vote on a spending bill that excludes changes to Obamacare.

“John Boehner knows that this would pass overwhelmingly if he would let the Democrats vote on it,” Reid said.  “The speaker needs to be more concerned about our country.”

And as the clock continues to tick, Boehner had some harsh words for President Obama and congressional Democrats.

“This isn’t some damn game! The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do I,” Boehner said. “All we’re asking for is to sit down and have a discussion, and to re-open the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It is as simple as that.”

We wish it really was that simple.

Thursday a microphone caught two Republican senators claiming they can win the debate.

It was a private conversation between Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul, and it appears neither senator knew they were being recorded.

“I know we don’t want to be here,” Paul whispered to McConnell, “But we’re going to win this, I think.”

So where does that leave us? At a stalemate. The countdown is on. Time to make some moves. Come on, government, we’re counting on you.

1 Comment

  • 333maxwell

    Gee, I THOUGHT you said this was just to save the country from the affordable care act? My goodness, do you even have a clue what you are doing>? (rhetorical question, it is pretty clear the speaker is 'winging it'

    The Speaker allows time, energy and money on votes against the Affordable Care Act 42 times on any given day knowing he doesn't have the votes, yet can't quite seem to bring a vote to the floor to keep the nation running and not taking the economy further because he says we need to trust him that no one would vote for it. .

    Makes you wonder who's pockets he is so deep into, that he is willing to pander to the lowest common denominator in this self inflicted, GOP economic wound to what was a recovering economy.

    Mr Speaker, have you no sense of decency left? Threatening default this morning, are you mad as a hatter? Why are you so determined to sell your mortal soul, your parties soul and the Nations soul along with it? What is so important to you personally, that you would INTENTLY destroy any chance at economic recovery?

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