Here's the problem: The House can't shut off funding for anything so long as Harry Reid's system remains in place.
So long as the Senate refuses to deal with any budget passed by the House, we remain on the Baseline Budgeting Autopilot -- the departments get last year's budget plus X or Y%.
This is the first thing the Speaker should have dealt with. Pass a budget and a revenue (tax) plan, send it to the Senate...and recess. Promise not to return to Washington until the Senate has done its job. Once they have passed a budget bill, as amended, and it is ready for the Conference Committee, return to Washington and commence business-as-usual. In the meantime,
Given that the House is simply forcing the Senate to perform its Constitutional duty, the Republican House has a justifiable position that they should be able to effectively defend until Doomsday.
That would take testicular fortitude in one individual, the Speaker of the House. Unfortunately, either Hillary still has them in her lock box or he has major issues that prevent him from doing so, aka what every one here is talking about around the edges, does he have a problem with the bottle. If he does, take a powder, get help and serve with dignity when you get back we are forgiving, right now we are rudderless without his leadership.
How so? The House must vote affirmatively for any appropriation, either a specific bill or a continuing resolution. If they don't vote for an appropriations vehicle, then there is no money to spend. The spending isn't on autopilot. There must be a House vote.
So long as the Senate refuses to deal with any budget passed by the House, we remain on the Baseline Budgeting Autopilot — the departments get last year’s budget plus X or Y%.”
This sounds like poppycock. If there ain’t a continuing resolution approved by the House things shut down!!! i.e. Newt Gingrich shut down in 1995-6!!