Sen Johnny Isakson
Posted in the Blairsville Forum
#1 Oct 11, 2013
October 11, 2013
Since Oct. 1, 2013, the government has remained in a partial shutdown due to the fact that the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives could not reach an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the government going forward.
On Thursday, I was happy to wholeheartedly support legislation to pay death benefits to families of fallen soldiers during the partial shutdown. The Senate passed the House-approved legislation by unanimous consent, and it was signed by the president later in the day. Specifically, the bill reinstated the $100,000 “death gratuity” payments to military families and resumed funeral and burial benefits. The funding had been suspended as a consequence of the partial government shutdown.
While the government remains in partial shutdown mode and this in itself is a fluid situation, we are also facing another major deadline. Next Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said the government will need to renew its borrowing authority to meet its debt obligations, commonly referred to as “raising the debt ceiling.”
In response to this deadline, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has filed a motion to move forward on a bill, S. 1569, that would suspend the debt limit until Dec. 31, 2014, that the Senate will vote on either today or tomorrow, in order to try for a final vote by Oct. 16, 2014.
Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act
On Monday, I spoke on the floor of the Senate to urge Congress to adopt a biennial budgeting system as part of any deal to end the current government shutdown. A biennial budgeting system would help prevent the need for constant last-minute negotiations on continuing resolutions in the future by reforming the current budget and appropriations system by converting it from a chaotic annual process to a two-year cycle.
I appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Thursday with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to discuss this bipartisan biennial budgeting bill, the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act.
The legislation would force Congress to become better stewards of the taxpayers’ money by placing Congress on a two-year budget cycle with one year devoted to appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to oversight of federal programs.
The current government shutdown over the failure to reach agreement on a continuing resolution is no way to run the greatest country on the face of this earth. It’s time to try new solutions, such as biennial budgeting, to solve our fiscal problems.
We are now arguing over a continuing resolution that we shouldn’t have to argue over if we would have been budgeting and appropriating over the last four years. There is bipartisan responsibility for not having adopted budgets or appropriations acts.
Let’s add a simple resolution to the CR that changes our way of doing business to a biennial budget. The Isakson-Shaheen Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act forces Congress to do our regular order of business of appropriating and budgeting and puts back in place the kind of discipline and responsibility that we really need around this place. Instead of arguing about what we can’t agree upon, we ought to find common ground and run our country like America’s households run their families. If we had to do in Washington what every American family has to do, this would be a different place.
#2 Oct 11, 2013
In March of this year, the Senate adopted our Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act as an amendment, S.Amdt.138, to the Senate-passed budget. It was agreed to by a vote of 68 to 31, signaling strong bipartisan support.
Biennial budgeting has been endorsed by each successive administration since Ronald Reagan was president, as well as by numerous federal budget experts. I have sponsored biennial budgeting proposals every year I’ve been in the Senate, while Sen. Shaheen has firsthand experience with the efficacy of biennial budgeting from her tenure as governor of New Hampshire. Currently, more than 20 states, including New Hampshire, operate on a two-year budget cycle.
Our proposal has garnered the support of 20 co-sponsors: 9 Democrats, 10 Republicans and one Independent.
Obamacare and the Continuing Resolution
To reiterate my position on this issue, I strongly oppose Obamacare. Since it became law, I have cast nearly 60 votes to defund, dismantle and repeal it. Democrats designed Obamacare in a way that allows its funding to continue even if the rest of the government shuts down, so the effect of a shutdown is to allow Obamacare to go forward while hurting seniors, veterans and our military. To that end, I will do everything I can to defund or delay Obamacare.
On Sept. 25, 2013, in keeping with my consistent and strong opposition to Obamacare, I voted in favor of the House-passed continuing resolution, the Stability, Security and Fairness Act, H.J.Res.59, that would have both defunded Obamacare and kept the government running until Dec. 15, 2013. Cloture on the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.59 was agreed to by all senators by a vote of 100 to 0.
On Sept. 27, 2013, the Senate voted 79 to 19 to end debate on the House-passed continuing resolution. I voted to end debate on the House-passed CR so the Senate could move forward to vote on final passage of the House-passed CR to give the House time to act to avert a government shutdown. I also voted against Sen. Harry Reid’s amendment that would restore funding for Obamacare to the House-passed CR. Unfortunately, Sen. Reid’s amendment passed by a vote of 54-44. I then voted against final passage of the CR because I was disappointed that Sen. Reid’s amendment was added to the bill. The continuing resolution passed by a vote of 54 to 44.
What’s on Tap?
I will continue to look for ways to find an agreement on funding the federal government so we can bring an end to this shutdown‎.
#3 Oct 11, 2013
- Right Wing Republicans lost the Congress;
- Right Wing Republicans lost the Presidency;
- The Congress passed ObamaCare as a bill;
- The President signed the bill into law;
- Right Wing Republicans contested the Law in the Supreme Court;
- Right Wing Republicans lost on the Supreme Court;
- Right Wing Republicans lost in the Senate again, after making repealing ObamaCare the cornerstone of their campaign;
- Right Wing Republicans lost the Presidency to Obama again, after making repealing ObamaCare the cornerstone of their campaign;
Will you Right Wing Republicans stop using terroristic tactics in your attempt to deny Americans health care ?
Will you Right Wing Republicans,
having lost in every branch of government,
now seek to obtain through blackmail and extortion,
the victory that the America people refused to give you at the polls ?
Will you Right Wing Republicans stop preventing democracy in America ?
Or do your corporate masters demand that if you cannot control America, you must destroy America ?
#4 Oct 11, 2013
Right on IO. Me and my significant other are ready to have a family. When do you think this silly budget stuff will be over, so we can get a check to cover the in vitro fertilization, and pay our surrogate mom? Life is short, and your tax money owes me the right to reproduce, I sure can't afford it.
#5 Oct 11, 2013
IO...I know you are a firm believer in all you say, and this is just a difficult time for us all, with the budget thing and all.
If I send you my address, could you just go ahead and send me and Tim some money, since there's no telling how long a govt check will take.
We love you.
#6 Oct 12, 2013
ObamaCare simply requires you to buy medical insurance,
pay a tax to help pay for the medical care you get for free,(at my expense).
So since we responsible Americans already pay for irresponsible freeloading deadbeats who refuse to carry medical insurance,
we responsible Americans love ObamaCare because we finally have a chance to make freeloading deadbeats pay their own way.
And hey... if medical insurance can currently pay toward Viagra for old, fat, Right Wingers like Rush Limbaugh to get laid by hookers in Jamaica - I don't mind if a hard working American whose wife cannot conceive a child, gets a little help starting a family.
Right Wing freeloading parasitic deadbeats please stop whining, get a job, buy your own damn medical insurance, and stop making me carrying your freeloading deadbeat butts.
#7 Oct 12, 2013
I know you do.
We taxpayers at so used to listening to Right Wingers pontificating about how they love personal responsibility, that we can actually understand their words, even though their lips are firmly attached to the government teat.
Anyone who needs proof of the Right Winger hypocrisy just needs to see how outraged they are at a law that simply says that people have to carry medical insurance to pay for their own medical care.
Only a freeloading deadbeat could be against such a commonsense, reasonable, law encouraging personal responsibility.
#8 Oct 12, 2013
My 'wife' has a butt, but he just doesn't have a womb. Surrogates are expensive. Put up, or shut up. Send us some money.
And all your talk of butts makes me giddy. Are you taken.
#9 Oct 12, 2013
Sorry, but yes, I'm taken.
But, not to worry, gay adoption is legal, so you don't even have to worry about how the child arrives in this world, there are plenty here who need homes.
Hey... Why not check out Iraq. I hear we created over 100,000 children there whose parents are dead, or unable to feed and cloth them, so doubtless you could adopt a child there.
A Win-Win outcome for everyone.
Glad I could help.
#10 Oct 12, 2013
We don't want to adopt. We want our biologic child, as artificial as it may seem, we are entitled to it. You are obligated to pay for it. The law passed this week entitles us to invitro fertilization, surrogate mom, and delivery. Tim doesn't work, and I earn minimum wage, so we also get more government support once our love child is here.
Please show your support. This budget thing could go on forever. I'll post my mail address for you to do the right thing, back your views with hard cash, and send us some money.
Let me know if your ever available, you're a little fireball.
#11 Oct 12, 2013
Not a problem.
Glad to do it.
Considering how much I'm paying now for you and your Husband's healthcare I the ER, Hospital, Clinic, and Dr.'s Office, I'll save money tons of money when you are finally forced to pay something, anything, toward your own medical bills.
Hey.... Another Win-Win outcome.
We force freeloading deadbeats to contribute toward their own healthcare costs & you get that precious bundle of joy you and your husband have always wanted.
Another ObamaCare Success Story !
But consider adoption, maybe little Freddy would like an Iraqi brother ?
#12 Oct 12, 2013
You don't quite understand ObamaCare dear. If you can't pay your premiums, like me and Tim, then the gov't pays them for you. That's you.
#13 Oct 12, 2013
With you having to pay my premiums, added to the cost of the expanded coverage for surrogate birthing for gays....I'm just not sure how this is going to save you money. But I was always a ditz at math!!
#14 Oct 12, 2013
Nothing like a couple of queers having a spat.
#15 Oct 12, 2013
And you pay a tax for remaining a freeloading deadbeat.
Hey... It's more of that personal responsibility thing that Right Wingers find so upsetting.
Besides, it's already costing us Responsible Americans a fortune taking care of Right Wingers who can't, or won't, pay their own medical costs.
So it's a another Win-Win for America !
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