I want to go back to this business of the continuing resolution, the House rule, the $105 billion that a bunch of Republicans think ought to be attacked and taken out, but it can’t be because a continuing resolution doesn’t allow discretionary — only discretionary spending can be dealt with and that $105 billion in the health care bill is not discretionary, it is authorized, so according to the rule it can’t be dealt with. Therein lies the answer why the Democrats don’t want a budget. It’s why they want just a never-ending continuing resolution. It’s obvious. It’s patently obvious now. And, in fact, Dingy Harry has ended the Senate. He’s gaveled it closed.
Ten Republican senators have sent him a letter, and they are warning Dingy Harry that they will block any bills that don’t address fiscal issues until the current impasse on spending is resolved. But Harry Reid doesn’t want anything that deals with spending dealt with here. The letter says this: “While there are certainly many issues that warrant the Senate’s consideration, we feel that the Senate must not debate and consider bills at this time that do not affirmatively cut spending.” Well, Reid doesn’t want those bills. He doesn’t want to cut spending. So he’s using the ongoing continuing resolution as a way of not having to deal with that, and also if the Republicans in the House are gonna maintain that they gotta be loyal to this rule, then guess where Dingy Harry’s taken us? He’s taking us to a shutdown. I have to assume that Boehner and the guys in the House understand that this is what the objective is, that the Democrats want this shutdown. For whatever reason, they are forcing the shutdown.