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October 28, 2013
The beginning of October setup a 16 day showdown between House Republicans, the Democrat controlled Senate and the Obama White House over government spending and the debt limit. Republicans initially had demanded delaying or defunding Obamacare before they would agree to raise the debt ceiling or fund the government, but those demands faded over several weeks. Given Congress’ inability to pass the most basic of legislative measures, these must pass bills presented a rare opportunity to rein in government spending and change the trajectory of our nation’s fiscal path. Currently, over the course of a year, the U.S. Treasury borrows roughly $1 out of every $5 it spends and has racked up $16.7 trillion in debt.
October 25, 2013
With three years to build healthcare.gov, Obamacare’s central location to enroll, the initial roll out has been nothing short of disastrous. Congressional testimony and real life anecdotes from Americans and the news media have revealed that the site is full of glitches and few have actually been able to sign up for Obamacare. With months left until the site went live, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services didn't give CGI, the website’s vendor, the final technical requirements until May of 2013. About a third of the work the vendor had previously performed had to be thrown out and started over as a result.
September 30, 2013
On October 1, 2013, the Federal Government begins its 2014 Fiscal Year. It also will run out of money to fund many functions and services. Congress has failed to pass its annual appropriations bills for several years, and the Government is currently funded under a continuing resolution which expires at midnight on September 30, 2013. Without an extension of that agreement, the enactment of a new one, or passage of appropriations bills, a shutdown is triggered.
September 30, 2013
As Obamacare comes officially online tomrorow, Federal Government employees and Congress have sought to exempt themselves from participating in the program which will affect the health insurance programs of nearly every American. CapitolWatch welcomes a proposal by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, would move Federal workers off their employer-sponsored health plan and onto the insurance exchanges being established by Obamacare.
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