Thursday, December 8, 2016

Uh Oh, the pension queue is growing

Senate Democrats are digging in their heels over health benefits for miners in a government funding bill, raising the risk of a shutdown at midnight on Friday."We're going to win this fight, we cannot predict the path, but we're going to win this fight because we're right," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.Schumer, as well as Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va), Bob Casey (Pa.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Mark Warner (Va.), held a press conference with coal miners as they sought to ramp up the pressure on Republicans to strike a deal. Democrats are holding up the continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government as they push to include a one-year extension of healthcare for thousands of miners and their families. The spending measure now includes a four-month extension. Absent a deal, the earliest the Senate could take an initial vote on the CR would be Saturday morning, meaning Congress would blow past the deadline to fund the government. 
Second time up, they got a four month insurance, now they up the bid.  But it is not un-noticed by our Chicago brethren that the trickle begins to stream, if they could just get a little, before Texas notices.

So, no one tell Texas, they will want to be first in line, their bill is 22 billion, and Illinois will be second third fourth, and adding hmm..., carry the one,.. that comes to oh, 150 billion, We are going to need Trump's deficit bazooka.

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