Congress Government Shutdown Open Thread

Back-up Plan

GOP Backup Plan

Artist – Clay Bennett

In other news, new reports indicate that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may be more responsible for the current shutdown than previously acknowledged. House Republicans passed a rule two hours prior to the shutdown that squashed the last attempt made by Democrats to avoid it.

Under this special rule, such an attempt to fund the government “may be offered only by the majority Leader or his designee.” Thus, with a shutdown looming, the power to allow a vote that would likely have prevented the government from closing was left in Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) hands. Cantor, of course, chose not to exercise that power.

Meanwhile, (this is completely off-topic) I think Deadspin nailed it today on the end of hardasses not just in coaching but in society. No one tell Fox’s The Five.