Policy Round Up: Government Shutdown Reaction

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Late Wednesday night, Congress finally voted to end the 16-day government shutdown, pushing the debt ceiling to February 7, 2014. While both Democrats and Republicans had to make concessions to pass the continuing resolution, there is still much blaming coming from both sides, and neither views this is a legitimate long term solution to the debt problem. With the shutdown over and furloughed government employees back at work, read what some people are saying about the aftermath and where we are headed from here.

The Guardian captures reactions from prominent Republicans:

“On Thursday, senior Republicans were divided about the wisdom of their high-risk strategy of forcing the shutdown and bringing the US close to defaulting on its debt. “This was a terrible idea,” McCain told CNN. He said it would not happen again when the next deadlines arrive, and added: “I guarantee it.”

McConnell also said the party would not repeat the tactic. “One of my favorite sayings is an old Kentucky saying, ‘There’s no education in the second kick of a mule’,” he said, in an interview with the National Journal. “The first kick of the mule was in 1995; the second one was the last 16 days. A government shutdown is off the table. We’re not going to do it.””

The Guardian also notes what President Obama hopes to focus on in the coming weeks:

 “Hoping to jump start his own stalled agenda, Obama urged lawmakers to concentrate on three items in the coming weeks: a balanced plan to reduce long-term deficits, legislation to overhaul the immigration system and passage of a farm bill. This may prove wishful thinking, given the continued rancour and recriminations among Republicans.”

Read the full article on The Guardian. 

USA Today reviews the approach of President Obama and how he plans to handle the next fiscal debate:

 “Obama’s hands-off approach may have worked for this round in part because his end goal was straight forward: sending the message that Republicans would not win concessions from him by shuttering government or threatening default.”

“But in his next fiscal battle, Obama will have to push not only Republicans, but also the left-wing of his own party on difficult issues like entitlement and tax reform if there is any chance for a big legacy-setting budget deal that he desires.”

Read the full article on USA Today.

Slate highlights how President Obama will use the shutdown as a political weapon in four ways:

1. Economic Excuse

“If economic growth or deficit reduction isn’t where we’d like it to be, Obama can blame the shortfall on the “Republican shutdown” or the “Tea Party shutdown.” He’d be following in the footsteps of his predecessor, who spent three years after Sept. 11, 2001, blaming economic disappointment on the damage done when “the enemy hit us.”

2. Republican Downgrade

He wants the downgrade threat of 2013 to reinforce the Democrats’ narrative about the downgrade of 2011.”

3. National Security

“…the transformation of debt payment into a national security issue.”

4. The Value of Government

“In the midst of Obamacare’s glitch-ridden debut, you did the one thing that could make us love our government: You took it away and held it hostage. Don’t expect any thanks from the president you helped”

Read the full article on Slate.

Al Jazeera America hosts a segment to discuss the future of the Republican Party following the shutdown:

View the video on Al Jazeera America