After all the hours of debate in committee and on the House floor, it's hardly a blatant show of power.
The bill’s passage in the House on a party-line vote was a foregone conclusion, as is its predicted death in a Senate committee room.
Still, the stubbornness of Republican lawmakers to enact what they see as needed reforms in the state’s collective bargaining law in the name of fiscal responsibility is real, as is the fear of unionized workers who feel they are under attack in places such as Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Interesting how Republicans exhibit a blatant show of power and stubbornness, yet the autocratic rule of Dummycrat Mike Gronstal isn't questioned.
Harkin said if a government shutdown did occur, Social Security and disability payments would stop, employees of the federal government wouldn’t be able to go to work, the Internal Revenue Service would halt, and there would be interruptions to veteran’s programs.
The air traffic control system, food inspection, Medicare, veterans' health care and many other essential government programs would run as usual. The Social Security Administration would not only send out benefits but would continue to take applications. The Postal Service, which is self-funded, would keep delivering the mail. Federal courts would remain open.
Troops would remain at their posts.
And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open.
Here's more from CommieTommie --
“You’ve got some people on the House side...who are being totally unreasonable.”
Harkin added --
“I just don’t think I can support any kind of a bill that just makes spending cuts without also raising revenue...".