September 30, 2013
Despite liberal doomsaying, if Congress fails to pass a spending bill tonight, the federal government will not truly “shut down,” The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky explains on National Review Online:
Such a lapse in funding would be neither catastrophic nor unprecedented. There have been 17 funding gaps just since 1977, ranging in duration from one to 21 days. Under applicable federal law, operations and services would continue for those essential for “the safety of human life or the protection of property” as well as those programs funded through multiyear or permanent appropriations such as Social Security.
In fact, “the danger doesn’t come from a temporary lapse in government funding,” he says. “The danger comes from implementing a shoddy, burdensome, expensive program to nationalize healthcare and refusing to reduce out-of-control spending that is hurrying our nation down the road to financial ruin.”
Do you think Congress should fund Obamacare in order to pass a budget deal?