In order to fund the government, Congress needs to figure out what they’re doing with this spending bill. As of today, they still haven’t come up with a solution, leaving the government shutdown for a full week now. This is the first shutdown since that one 17 years ago where Monica Lewinskry single-handedly saved the world, or something like it.
Come October 17th, if still under this shutdown, the government faces a limitation on being able to borrow funds the way we have been. The debt limit needs to be raised and if Congress doesn’t raise the limit, America will default on $16.7 trillion of dollars of debt we’ve accumulated. This sounds awful, right? That’s because it is. It’s being reported that this unprecedented unpaid debt would create a global market chaos. It’s almost like the government’s spending bill and debt limit are merging into one big old messy problem with hardly any solution (that either party wants to submit to) in sight.
Still at the midst of this indecision is House Speaker, John Boehner’s refusal to raise the limit without having a conversation with President Obama about the U.S.’s spending habits. Boehner knows that the U.S. is on the path to an economic crash if he doesn’t raise the debt ceiling, but he says it’s up to Obama at this point. “All he has to do is pick up the phone. I’m ready to talk; I’ve been ready to talk,” Boehner says. “I’m willing to sit down and have a conversation with the president, but his refusal to negotiate is putting our country at risk,” he said.
In an interview that aired on ABC’s “This Week,” Boehner maintained the GOP position that Democrats must agree to partially dismantling or delaying Obamacare as a condition of re-opening the government. The Democrats do not agree, but are willing to negotiate. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer claims that his party is willing to talk, “This is playing with fire, and we’re happy to negotiate, but we want to negotiate without a gun to our head.”
Let’s hope Republicans and Democrats can come together on this spending bill and fully open the government so that we can all get on with our lives. Can’t we all just get along?!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"