|Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell|
Even so, the prospect of the bill passing the House is mediocre at best. The bill does not dictate any changes to Planned Parenthood, which is a concern because many House Republicans have pledged to block any bill not cutting off funding for the program. Especially with tensions high following Speaker Boehner's resignation, the ability of the House to pass the bill before the end of the fiscal year is very questionable.
Furthermore, this isn't the first time in Obama's presidency, let alone recent history, that the government has been shut down due to Republican objections to policy. In 2013, Republicans shut down the economy over a disapproval of the Obama's Affordable Care Act. Although it was resolved fairly quickly (within the month), it was still largely detrimental to the economy and generally viewed as a mistake by the Republican Party.
Even if the bill passes, it would still only leave the government two and a half months to agree on a new plan for spending. This is by no means a lot of time, and the disagreements revolving around Planned Parenthood and Boehner's resignation certainly will not help.
For now, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
What do you think will happen? Should the Republicans blocking the bill be blamed for their stubbornness despite threats of a government shutdown, or is it the fault of the House as a whole for not better tailoring to the goals of every party?
Some have blamed the Republicans for purposefully trying to force another shutdown to scare the voters from voting for a Democrat again - what do you think are the merits of these accusations? Are they reasonable? If so, what does that say about our political system?
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