You’re thinking, “She’s complaining about the Republicans again.” And you’d be right. It’s infuriating the way House Republicans revel in keeping us in continual crisis mode. They’re more interested in political theatre than in passing legislation. Clicks and photo ops and sound bites take priority over governing.
They’d rather pitch a fit than pitch in to pass bipartisan bills. Take, for example, their unwillingness to pass the legislation necessary to fund our government and the fate of Kevin McCarthy. It took 15 rounds of voting for McCarthy to get the House Speaker job. During those 15 rounds, nothing got done for weeks and the House ground to a halt. Great theatre, lousy governance.
With the clock running out and a government shutdown looming, McCarthy committed the unforgiveable sin of working out a bipartisan deal to keep the government temporarily funded. Days later, McCarthy’s Republican colleagues voted him right out of the job.
Some of that temporary legislation was set to expire Jan. 19. On Jan. 18, with the new House Speaker, Mike Johnson, at the helm, another bipartisan stopgap bill was passed, and we again averted a government shutdown — for now. (And in case you were wondering, yes, Vegas does have odds on how long Johnson will be able to keep the House Speaker job.) This bill only extends funding for some government agencies through March 1 and others through March 8, when we will face the threat of a government shutdown yet again.
How did our government funding process become a really, really bad remake of Groundhog Day? When you have the same actors and the same plot, you get the same uninspired ending.
The clock is ticking, and instead of playing impeachment whack-a-mole, or flashing nude Hunter Biden pics, the House needs to quit fooling around and pass legislation to keep our government functioning.