WASHINGTON, D.C. – The folks in Washington seem to be ticking away the moments that make up a dull day, waiting for someone or something to show them the way.
And now, they have just three days to come up with a compromise to avert some level of government shutdown come October 1.
Some people think Congress is playing a game of political hot potato, but that’s just one way to describe the Washington stand-off that has caught the American public in the middle.
“Well, here we are I guess this is like the movie High Noon,’ said Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin. ‘The two sides are walking down the street.”
On a 54-44 vote, the Senate quickly sent to the House a short-term spending plan that includes funding for Obamacare, which the House took out last week.
House speaker John Boehner faces a showdown with tea party conservatives and other Republicans who say they plan to cut Obamacare funding again.
“We are living in an absurd Alice in Wonderland Republican Tea Party World here, Mr. President,’ said Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey. ‘This government has to work for the American people.”
Right behind Monday’s shutdown deadline is October 17, when the government could go into default if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.
Republicans say they’ll do it if the president agrees to more budget cuts and to delay Obamacare by a year, which the president says he won’t do.
Just like the game the little kids play, the last one caught with the hot potato is the one who loses.