How A Bill Becomes A Law (You Own Any Shutdown, GOP)

Everyone remembers that, right?

For a bill to become a law, both the House and the Senate must pass it and that the two bills must be identical to each other. Two hearts that beat as one.

Zombie-eyed Granny-starver Paul Ryan’s House passed a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded and working. Amply be-chinned Sen. Mitch McConnell could take that bill and —without changing a single word of it—bring it up for a vote; because it is a budget bill, it needs a super-majority of 60 votes to be filibuster-proof. If the Senate passed the CR, then they would take those two bills and send them to the president for his signature.

BUT if the Senate wanted to make any changes to the House bill, then the new bill would have to go back to the House, and then the House would have to approve it without changing a thing.

What usually happens is that both chambers form a conference committee and offer bribes and threats reconcile the differences. They must agree on all the terms and conditions of the bill. Then they would take the bill and send it to the president for his signature.

(And who knows if the stable genius would sign it or not?)

Now, with all that as background, think about this: The House is packing up and leaving this morning for the weekend. And last I checked, there were at least four (4!) Republican Senators who are on record saying that they cannot support the House bill as it stands. So if those four Senators (or any of the 100 Senators, for that matter) want to make any changes, well, tough beans, the GOP House has closed shop and left town.

You own the Shut Down, Republicans. You own all of it

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9 Responses to How A Bill Becomes A Law (You Own Any Shutdown, GOP)

  1. Batman 54 says:

    This is not a failure of Conservatism. It’s a feature.

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  2. roket says:

    When compromise is no longer an option, neither is governance. Guess they’re going to show us just how useless the government really is.

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  3. RWW says:

    How cute that Schoolhouse Rock never conceived how scarily familiar 1970’s subjects like hostage taking and threatening economic anarchy would become routine fixtures in our legislative process. Thanks GOP!

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    • Bruce388 says:

      Back then Trump was getting busted (twice) by the Nixon Administration because he wouldn’t rent to blacks. Little did we know he was destined for greatness.

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  4. Osirisopto says:

    “You own the Shut Down, Republicans. You own all of it”

    For a group of people who are so adamantly opposed to the idea of governance they seem oddly reluctant to take responsibility for shut down of the government.

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