Congress’ End of July Business Includes the Future of Healthcare and the Debt Ceiling

Join Us on July 26 in DC to Tell Congress, “No Cuts to Housing” as Debt Ceiling Decision Day Nears

There is never a dull moment in Washington but beginning from now until the end of July promises to be very eventful as Congress debates the debt ceiling.

Congress must deal with many issues before our Senators and Representatives can go back to their districts for the summer congressional recess in August.

Two very pressing issues that the Congress is facing are the future of the American healthcare system and the issue of how to keep the government funded.

The government funding bill will set the scene for the July 26, 2017 Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, July 26, we need a room full of New Jersey residents passionate about telling Congress “No Housing Cuts”. This message is really important in this political climate. Many of the deep cuts proposed to the already weak national safety net.

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Raising the debt ceiling is the only way that Congress will be able to keep the government open. If the debt ceiling is not raised, we will have another government shutdown. This happened a few times in the Obama administrations when both sides of the aisle could not agree on the budget.

This Congress faces major issues that go beyond party lines. Congress is fractured even further into deep factions. There is a major rift in the Republican Party between the moderates and the right wing, Tea Party.

The Democratic Party also has some minor fault lines left over from the emergence of the Progressive wing of the party in the 2016 presidential election. These factions have caused issues with getting legislation passed because there is a very small margin of middle ground. This was seen with the first House vote of the American Health Care Act.

The “power of the purse” is part of checks and balances set up in the United States constitution that Congress. Congress will have to pass a budget that will require the raising of the debt ceiling.

Of course the budget for FY18 is also under debate and a recent post What Trump’s Budget Means for the Garden State provides background on its impact on NJ.

On May 29, 2017, The Atlantic published a detailed article about the issues related to the national budget and the debt ceiling. Due to political polarization, this will be very hard to do. The Atlantic said, “The problem is that the budget isn’t proving any easier to pass.”

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The Atlantic

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