The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Lawmakers prepare STOP-GAP funding as clock runs DOWN on spending bill” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/us-usa-fiscal-idUSBREA081GN20140109).
“U.S. lawmakers are preparing a stop-gap spending measure ahead of a new federal government shutdown deadline next week as talks on the $1 TRILLION U.S. spending legislation move slowly”.
“The temporary measure, known as a “continuing resolution” would keep government agencies funded through THE END of next week (January 17, 2014), instead of allowing all spending authority to expire at midnight on January 15, Senate and House of Representatives aides said on Thursday (January 9, 2014)”. So, we have a TWO DAY extension.
According to Representative Jack Kingston, “a Georgia Republican who chairs the Labor and Health Subcommittee on the House Appropriations panel”, “We’re WORKING HARD“, but clearly NOT “hard” ENOUGH.
Finally, “Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Appropriations Labor and Health Subcommittee, said he hopes THOSE DIFFERENCES WILL BE RESOLVED SOON“. Is this A REASONABLE EXPECTATION? (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “I THINK WE’RE CLOSE. It’s just, we’re WORKING OUT SOME LANGUAGE right now“. “I think we’re close” is our latest/yet another interesting INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). OK, “we’re close”, but once again, we’re left to wonder: WILL ANYTHING PRODUCTIVE GET DONE? Most likely NOT.
To conclude, once again, this DOES NOT sound good. It seems like we’re lurching toward ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN on January 17, 2014. In other words, we may well be looking at/facing ANOTHER “sequester”.