Boehner’s Leadership In Spotlight As He Attempts To Avoid U.S Government Shutdown

BoehnerAfter winning in the mid-term elections in early November and gaining majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives,  Republicans are in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) attempts to handle a December 11th deadline to fund the federal government through 2015.

Pressure is building on House Speaker to pass a new temporary spending bill that funds the federal government through September 2015 and avoids a repeat of the 16 day government shutdown in 2013.

After President Obama’s recent decision to use executive action with immigration reform, some Republicans on Capitol Hill are now looking for new ways to challenge the president’s decision that impacts millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Passing a spending bill that funds the government except for certain areas of the Department of Homeland Security that handles immigration in the U.S. is one possible way that some conservative Republicans have considered resisting the president’s policies on immigration.

But that move would likely face opposition from Democrats in the Senate and the White House while generating negative sentiment towards the Republican party at a time when Americans are watching closely to see if Republican leadership can move beyond their largely obstructionist platform that defined their last 2 years on Capitol Hill and discover new pathways to govern the country ahead of the upcoming 2016 presidential elections.

Republicans took the majority of the blame for the last government shutdown in 2013 and poll results showed that Congressional Republican approval ratings plummeted.

Today more pragmatic Republicans in leadership on Capitol Hill are hoping to piece together a workable short term 1 trillion spending bill before December 11th that funds the federal government through September 2015 and challenge the president’s policies in 2015 when newly elected Republicans officially take the majority on Capitol Hill and gain more political leverage.

-Johnathan Schweitzer

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