GOP Congressman admits 'most of what we do is bad' as Republicans push for federal government shutdown
Far-right House Republicans aching for a battle with President Joe Biden are pushing for a federal government shutdown if they do not get their way on massive spending cuts and the addition of extremist policies added to major “must-pass” spending bills. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is supporting them.
“Prompted by a rebellion from House conservatives who want to spend less than a recent budget deal and engage with culture war issues, Speaker Kevin McCarthy,” NBC News reports, “is setting up a showdown with Democrats over must-pass funding bills ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline, raising fears of a government shutdown.”
U.S. Rep. Bob Good, a far-right Republican of Virginia, Tuesday morning on the steps of Capitol Hill pushed for a government shutdown, falsely claiming Americans wouldn’t even notice, and suggesting shutting down the U.S. Government would be good for the country.
He insisted, ”we should not fear a government shutdown.”
“Most of what we do up here is bad anyway, most of what we do up here hurts the American people,” Congressman Good, a member of the two most far-right House caucuses told reporters, “when we do stuff to the American people by promising to do things for the American people.”
“Essential operations continue, 85%,” Good claimed, which is at best misleading. “Most of the American people won’t even miss if the government is shut down temporarily.”
Ignoring the ramifications and proving shutting down the government would be for political points, Good admitted Speaker McCarthy “has an opportunity to be a transformational historical Speaker that stared down the Democrats that stared down the free spenders, that stared down the President and said, ‘No, we’re gonna do what the American people elected us to do.’ And the House is gonna say, ‘No, we’re going to pass a good Republican bill out of the House, and force the Senate and the White House to accept it.'”
Rep. Good is one of 28 House Republicans who voted against a bill to help victims of child sex abuse and their families. Also in December Good, said practically everything wrong in society can be traced back to same-sex marriage. He also falsely claimed that the Respect for Marriage Act will “ensure that the marriage laws in the most liberal state, irrespective of how radical they might become in the future – think polygamy, bestiality, child marriage or whatever – must be legally recognized in all states.”
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, what says it is “a nonpartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public on issues with significant fiscal policy impact,” in a report stated, “the public is still likely to feel the impact of a shutdown in several ways.”
For example, Americans using food stamps, also known as SNAP benefits, could be affected, and “stores are not able to renew their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card licenses, so those whose licenses expire would not be able to accept SNAP benefits during a shutdown.”
More examples from the CRFB:
“In prior shutdowns, border protection, in-hospital medical care, air traffic control, law enforcement, and power grid maintenance have been among the services classified as essential, while some legislative and judicial staff have also been largely protected. Mandatory spending not subject to annual appropriations, such as for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, also continues.”
“In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halted site inspections for 1,200 different sites that included hazardous waste, drinking water, and chemical facilities, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) delayed almost 900 inspections. During the 2018-2019 shutdown, the FDA restored some food inspections a few weeks into the funding lapse for products that were considered high-risk.”
“During the 2013 shutdown, the National Park Service turned away millions of visitors to more than 400 parks, national monuments, and other sites. The National Park Service estimated that the shutdown led to more than $500 million of lost visitor spending nationwide. Many parks remained open during the 2018-2019 shutdown, though no visitor services were provided and damage and trash build-up were reported at many sites nationwide.”
“During the 2018-2019 shutdown, air travel was strained as a result of air traffic controllers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents working without pay. Travelers faced longer lines as some TSA agents did not report to work and security checkpoints were closed, while the absence of 10 air traffic controllers temporarily stopped travel at LaGuardia Airport and caused delays at several major airports.”
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