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The Progress Report – Prelude to a Shutdown

From the Progress Report:

Prelude to a Shutdown

The 112th Congress has not even been seated yet, but its GOP Members are already salivating over the government shutdown they plan to force next year. Make no mistake, the Republican Party’s impending shutdown will have catastrophic consequences for American workers and the U.S. economy, but it is nothing more than an escalation of the GOP’s most recent tactics. During the 111th Congress, Republicans lacked the majorities to force a shutdown, but the Senate’s arcane rules gave them all the power they needed to hollow out the executive and judicial branches of government. Indeed, in many ways the shutdown began the moment President Obama took office, and GOP senators figured out they could keep virtually any Senate-confirmed job open as long as they saw fit.

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