Have things changed?

When I heard that Congress was reaching a two-year debt ceiling agreement, I asked myself if things have changed now.

I looked around the news and conversations to get some sense of answers to this question.  I am hopeful that there are more Republicans and Democrats willing to work together to govern our country.

There are those who remain on the far ends of the spectrum who want to stand their ground.  Maybe the leaders somewhere in the middle will stand their ground for the good of all.

Here are a few articles and information that might be of interest to you in considering how you feel about this question.

First, a little history on where we were a couple of weeks ago as a reminder.

Read this one to the bottom and note this quote

Typically on tough votes it often looks like many GOP lawmakers cast “no” votes — to insulate themselves against criticism from conservative talk radio and Washington-based outside groups — while secretly rooting for the legislation to pass.”

John Boehner’s here to stay, for now, with nothing to lose

I must still be a bit naïve.  But this makes sense to me now.  Some of our leaders vote ‘no’ to keep their outside reputation, but hope for ‘yes’ within themselves.  Do you think this is true?

Here’s some information on the Export/Import Bank (Exim Bank) because it is mentioned in the article above.  Since I worked on international trade and transportation data and research and arranged and participated in meetings with international organizations, I understand why the Exim Bank exists. I never thought the existence of this entity would ever be questioned.

The first few paragraphs of this article offer the simple explanation of what it is. You can decide for yourself if you are still open to this debate.

Stop pretending you know what the Export-Import Bank is

Now to the question at hand.  Have things changed in Congress?

Conservative House leaders: Too late to stop debt-limit deal

House GOP leaders reach budget deal with Obama White House

There are other concerns as we consider this question.

There is another key date looming ahead for us.  Much of the federal government is funded through December 11th.  If nothing happens before then, federal activities stop and federal employees and their contractors go home.  There are many private contractors who provide services to the federal government.

Also federal funding authority for highway and other transportation infrastructure programs ends October 29th (Thursday).  I do expect a short term bill to extend funding authority will happen.  I don’t believe Congress will send certain Department of Transportation employees home or allow transportation projects to stop.

House Committee Slots Vote on Multiyear Highway/Transit Bill; Funding Still Unclear

But what happens in December?   I am unsure about this one.  The Congressional leaders on the far right and far left are sizing each other up again.  A new House Speaker will be in place. Where will those in the middle stand on this one?

Your thoughts?


About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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