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house Bill H. Joint Res. 61

Keeping the Government Open Through December and Suspending Planned Parenthood Funding

Argument in favor

Congress needs to fund the government at least into December so that they can reach a longer term agreement. Cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood is a reasonable way to reign in the nonprofit while investigations continue.

bishopdan761's Opinion
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07/27/2015
We should all be exempt! No American should be forced to buy ANYTHING!
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/27/2015
So long as Obalmycare negatively impacts employment it would be possible to use this idea as a cudgel to find employment for Vets.
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Parker's Opinion
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07/27/2015
They served our nation, put there life's on the line for US! Give them a job, they deserve it.
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Argument opposed

Yet another short-term extension to keep the government open tied to a highly politicized measure. Can't Congress put aside their differences for once and pass a clean spending bill?

BernieSanders's Opinion
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09/30/2015
"The attempt by Republicans to cut off support for Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health. #StandwithPP"[twitter.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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09/30/2015
“completely irresponsible.” Read more at http://thehill.com/policy/finance/252880-obama-warns-republicans-to-avoid-unforced-error-of-government-shutdown
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ElizabethWarren's Opinion
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09/30/2015
"A vote to defund @PPFA is a vote to defund cancer screenings & birth control & basic health care for millions of women. #StandwithPP." [twitter.com/senwarren]
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What is House Bill H. Joint Res. 61?

This resolution would fund the federal government through December 11, 2015. If Congress fails to authorize spending for fiscal year 2016 by the September 30, 2015 deadline, the federal government will enter a partial shutdown beginning on October 1, 2015. 

This bill, originally the Hire More Heroes act, has been changed through the Senate amendment process to serve as a "legislative vehicle": once before for congressional disapproval of the Iran nuclear agreement, and now for FY2016 Continuing Appropriations.  

Looming deadline situations like these often lead Congress to pass a continuing resolution, essentially keeping the government running at the same funding levels from the previous year.

Funding for the federal government would be capped to comply with the spending limits imposed by the Budget Control Act (a.k.a. the sequester) for fiscal year 2016 — a cool $1.017 trillion. Of this, $74.75 billion would be available for Overseas Contingency Operations (like military deployments). $700 million in emergency funding would also be set aside for wildfire suppression to help the western U.S.

Several expiring authorizations would be extended for the duration of the continuing resolution, including:

  • The Internet Tax Freedom Actpreventing the taxation of internet access by all levels of government;

  • E-Verify: a program used to verify whether workers are legally authorized to work in the U.S.;

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): authorized for a total of six months — about four months longer than the continuing resolution.

There are other unique circumstances that this continuing resolution addresses related to programs that would have lapsed in the absence of funding, including:

For one year after this CR is enacted, federal funds would be cut for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates — unless they certify that they will stop performing abortions for that year. If Planned Parenthood and its affiliates refuse to temporarily stop offering abortions, the approximately $235 million in federal savings would be used to increase funding for community health centers.

Impact

Anyone who uses federal government services, anyone who works in government in both "essential" and "non essential" services, the federal government itself — particularly departments and programs that would close for a partial government shutdown, John Boehner's career, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H. Joint Res. 61

$1.10 Trillion
The CBO estimates that this bill would provide budget authority for $1.099 trillion in spending, and lead to outlays of about $1.185 trillion.

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Of Note: Since 2001, Congress has used 55 continuing resolutions to sustain funding for federal programs — 21 of which were used on the 2001 federal budget alone.


In-Depth: Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), the sponsor of this continuing resolution noted that the stalled appropriations process has led to this impasse: 

“Our committee has approved all 12 of the annual appropriations bills required to meet our national security and domestic priorities. Most of these bills have bipartisan support. I encourage Senators to support this continuing resolution so that we can meet our responsibility to the American people to keep government operations open and address the challenges facing our nation.”

In June 2015 Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that he and fellow Senate Democrats would block the entire appropriations process unless an agreement was made to lift spending caps imposed by the 2011 sequester. Republicans are willing to lift the caps on defense spending, but are reluctant to raise the limits on other discretionary spending because of deficit concerns. 

Democrats in Congress and President Obama disagree, and the President has vowed to veto any budget that doesn’t eliminate the spending caps. Sequestration caps were lowered during the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, but without Congressional action, they will be in full effect for the fiscal years 2016 - 2023.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Circa Sassy)

AKA

Hire More Heroes Act of 2015

Official Title

Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 27th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJuly 23rd, 2015

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    We should all be exempt! No American should be forced to buy ANYTHING!
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    "The attempt by Republicans to cut off support for Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health. #StandwithPP"[twitter.com]
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    “completely irresponsible.” Read more at http://thehill.com/policy/finance/252880-obama-warns-republicans-to-avoid-unforced-error-of-government-shutdown
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    "A vote to defund @PPFA is a vote to defund cancer screenings & birth control & basic health care for millions of women. #StandwithPP." [twitter.com/senwarren]
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    This is just another example of politicians using veterans as a way to further their own political agenda rather than actually taking action to support them.
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    Planned Parenthood cannot be used by the Republican Party and the religious right to hold the American public as political hostages. Everything PP does is legal and necessary, so get on with the job of running our country or vacate your office and allow someone more competent to the job take your place.
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    "I would look at the good aspects of [Planned Parenthood], and I would also look because I’m sure they do some things properly and good for women. I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also, but we have to take care of women." [politico.com]
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    Yet again, congress is playing with the women's right to choose. Planned parenthood barely does abortions facts show they do nearly 3% of abortions. The money given to the agency helps those whose want mammograms and etc. Time for republicans to stop playing petty politics with women's health care. Unless you have a vagina and Fallopian tubes and can carry a baby for 9 months than don't talk about women's health because you don't no a damn thing about it. -Future Congressman DeNeiro
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    How much federal money goes towards providing abortions? Oh yeah, none. Fund PP, you know Obama will veto any bill that doesn't have PP funding in it and you know that you don't have the votes for an override. You're wasting time and money on another "show" vote.
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    Accepting this exemption as an incentive tacitly admits that the employee healthcare requirement is enough of a drain on business to make this attractive. If you can admit this, then why not eliminate it in the first place? It was passed on the promise of being better for all, if that is not the case, then get rid of it completely.
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    So long as Obalmycare negatively impacts employment it would be possible to use this idea as a cudgel to find employment for Vets.
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    No funding for baby killers
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    All veterans should be excluded as their insurance should be covered by the Federal Government
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    2 unrelated things. Bad bill.
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    Congress just had 5 weeks off, they could have worked on this then, but no lets hold America hostage and continue doing anything for the middle and working class.
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    They served our nation, put there life's on the line for US! Give them a job, they deserve it.
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    PP is a great thing for women, stop using that as your excuse for why you can't do your job!
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    How dare they. Time to get these clowns out of the circus.
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    "I believe that it is an issue that is best left to the individual conscience of women" [twitter.com]
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    it is murder!
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