March 4th is the current date for the expiration of the current deal on how to fund the American government. Not surprisingly, Republicans and Democrats are struggling to find common ground on a new deal as to how to fund the government.
The rest of fiscal year 2011 is the issue under debate. The two parties are not agreeing on how to go about the funding. Thus, a potential shutdown may occur on the 4th of next month.
But Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, is adamant about not allowing the shutdown to happen.
Reid wants to extend the current deal for thirty days so that the two parties can come together and work out an agreement without having to deal with a government shutdown at the same time.
One issue between the parties has to do with how Republicans in the House of Representatives decided to cut $61 billion from the current funding agreement for the rest of the fiscal year. Democrats were highly against the cut and are looking to find a middle ground with Republicans on the issue.
Reid is upset with the distance between Republicans and Democrats on resolving the situation. He is also not pleased with how Republicans seem to be okay with just letting the government shutdown.
Reid said, “It would be the height of irresponsibility to shut down the government without any negotiations, as Republicans are threatening to do.”
Reid wants a 30-day extension to be voted on and passed. It would see essentially the same funding as we have had so far this fiscal year, but with $41 billion in cuts. The cuts stem from a proposal by President Obama from last year.
The Senate Majority Leader further said, “I am asking Speaker Boehner to simply take the threat of a government shutdown off the table and work with us to negotiate a responsible, long term solution.”
Republicans say that funding needs to be cut. They say it is simply irresponsible to spend so much.
However, Democrats are looking for a negotiation and a compromise, but Republicans are not. Once again, it appears that Republicans only want to get their way. They are again playing political games with ultimatums and are saying that if they do not get their way, they will let the government of the United States shutdown.
If a government shutdown does occur, the finger could rightfully be pointed at Republicans.