AGAIN: New Government Shutdown Threat Looms - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

AGAIN: New Government Shutdown Threat Looms

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Senate leaders again raised the specter of a federal government shutdown Wednesday in the latest round of partisan brinksmanship over the fight to extend the payroll tax cut.

"The most immediate concern at this point is, despite the federal funding expiring two days from now on Friday night, my friend the majority leader is blocking action on the funding bill that would keep the government open," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor, referring to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

The government runs out of funding on Dec. 16. Few observers expected that date to spark another shutdown fight, since House and Senate lawmakers had finished most of the work on the so-called omnibus bill designed to keep Washington running.

But now a move to extend the 2 percent payroll tax holiday is suddenly getting in the way, after the House passed a GOP measure to do that Tuesday packed with items the Democrats see as poison pills. Senate Democrats want to pass a 3.1 percent cut, paid for by a surtax on income above $1 million, and believe that they have overwhelming public support on their side.

Although McConnell warned lawmakers of the threat of a government shutdown, Reid argued that he was being disingenuous and had placed himself in an odd position. One day earlier, McConnell demanded an immediate vote of the House payroll cut bill. After it passed, however, he turned down Reid's request to bring it to the Senate floor. Democrats need to hold a vote on it so that they can dispatch the GOP-supported bill and begin pursuing a compromise that they find more acceptable. McConnell saying no, they argue, shows he's not really interested in reaching a deal or getting the government funded.

"My friend is living in a world of non-reality," Reid said, speaking just after McConnell. "I think that everyone can see very clearly that my friends on the other side of the aisle obviously want the government to shut down," he added, linking the current GOP leaders to the infamous government shutdowns that occurred in the 1990s under the watch of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"They have had experience doing this," Reid said. "That presumptive Republican nominee, Newt Gingrich, tried that once. It didn't work so well. so I don't think it's going to work very well again."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman run over by cyclist on Centennial Trail files lawsuit

    Woman run over by cyclist on Centennial Trail files lawsuit

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-10-19 02:51:08 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman who was run over by a cyclist last month on the Centennial Trail has filed a lawsuit against the man she says didn’t even try to avoid smashing into her. On Sept. 22, 67-year-old Virginia Pearsall was walking near Kendall Yards with her sister when she heard someone behind her yell, “Hot pizza!” "I felt like I got hit by a truck," said Pearsall. "The impact was so great, it was unbelievable." 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman who was run over by a cyclist last month on the Centennial Trail has filed a lawsuit against the man she says didn’t even try to avoid smashing into her. On Sept. 22, 67-year-old Virginia Pearsall was walking near Kendall Yards with her sister when she heard someone behind her yell, “Hot pizza!” "I felt like I got hit by a truck," said Pearsall. "The impact was so great, it was unbelievable." 

    >>
  • PHOTOS: Detectives identify woman believed to have fraudulently withdrawn hundreds of dollars

    PHOTOS: Detectives identify woman believed to have fraudulently withdrawn hundreds of dollars

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-10-18 23:03:15 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Detectives have identified the woman in the above photos thanks to help from the public.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Detectives have identified the woman in the above photos thanks to help from the public.

    >>
  • Semi with brakes tied together using plastic grocery bag crashes on interstate

    Semi with brakes tied together using plastic grocery bag crashes on interstate

    Thursday, October 19 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-10-19 04:24:21 GMT
    @wspd1pio@wspd1pio

    TACOMA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol believes faulty brakes and speed contributed to a semi truck crash on the SR 16 interchange with northbound I-5 in Tacoma Tuesday evening.  Troopers say the truck was headed eastbound on SR 16 when it rolled on the rap to northbound I-5.  Trooper Brooke Bova tweeted photos form the scene, including one which showed the truck's brake lines tied together with a plastic grocery bag.  The 

    >>

    TACOMA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol believes faulty brakes and speed contributed to a semi truck crash on the SR 16 interchange with northbound I-5 in Tacoma Tuesday evening.  Troopers say the truck was headed eastbound on SR 16 when it rolled on the rap to northbound I-5.  Trooper Brooke Bova tweeted photos form the scene, including one which showed the truck's brake lines tied together with a plastic grocery bag.  The 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/