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Health Care Reform (2009)

Budget battle rejoined

Budget battle rejoined

As concern over the August chemical attack in Syria heated up and the U.S. was plunged into a debate over the use of military force to punish Syria for its use of internationally banned weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, House leaders wisely indicated that the ongoing standoff over the federal budget and defunding Obamacare — and the real possibility of a government shutdown — would have to be postponed. A stopgap bill, something to keep the government running past the end of the fiscal year on October 1 and into mid-December, was the choice of House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The nation breathed a sigh of relief. GOP leaders demonstrated that...