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Because Congress won’t do its job, another government shutdown looms



Here we go again. After passing a series of recent stop-gap spending bills to keep the federal government operating, a potential government shutdown looms once again. Because our lawmakers have been unable or unwilling to develop long-term strategies for federal funding, the next deadline is coming up again on Friday. And once again, it appears republicans and democrats are far apart in efforts to reach a deal. And this time, reaching even a temporary funding measure will be difficult. Democrats are threatening to insist on dealing with the so-called Dreamers through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Getting a deal on DACA will likely be difficult, especially given President Trump’s recent comments about people entering the U.S. from certain “s-hole” countries. On top of that, there are wide disagreements about a disaster aid package for Texas, Florida and other places devastated by hurricanes. Lawmakers in Washington are also at odds over a children’s health insurance program called CHIP. They generally agree on the need for a long-term authorization of the program, but disagree over how to pay for it. So here we are, facing yet another possible government shutdown, all because Congress refuses to adopt a long-term budget, they only real requirement of their jobs. Most likely, if we’re lucky, we’ll see Congress just kick the can down the road one more time.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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