Second verse, same as the first … It’s incredibly fitting that the final act of the 114th Congress would be a last-minute effort to avert a government shutdown. Forget crafting an actual budget. Continuing resolution or bust’s the theme here.
One of the unexpected developments of the Iraq war under George W. Bush was the explosion of contracting. From security to supplies, tasks that used to be the responsibility of the military got farmed out. Everything old is new again.
Just when you thought this frustrating, infuriating, never-ending Presidential election couldn’t possibly get any worse comes a report that states that voting in battleground states might end up playing a significant role in the prospects of government contractors. Oh, good.
In The American President, fictional Leader of the Free World, Andrew Shepard, says a Nobel-winning economist taught him “never have an airline strike at Christmas.” Something similar could be said about shutting down the government right before a Presidential election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to schedule a vote on funding the government through Dec. 9th. The vote is expected take place next week – but, only if Democrats come on board.
In the 1981 movie, Stripes, Ox (played by John Candy) joins the Army because it was the cheapest way to lose weight and turn into a “lean, mean, fighting machine.” The federal government is following something of a similar path.
When Denise Turner Roth was growing up in southeast D.C., she said, “There were times when the lights were on and times when they weren’t.” Now, as GSA Administrator, she’s working to keep the agency’s lights focused on new ideas.
As it turns out, the federal budget isn’t infinite. Growing budgetary pressures to service the current debt and provide entitlements will force every agency to rethink its priorities and make hard choices about spending. And, every contractor will be affected.
The tragedy in Paris and its aftermath are sucking up pretty much all the oxygen in the news cycle today. But, a few other things are happening in Washington. For example, the NDAA 2016 is headed to the President’s desk.
Congress, that bicameral body known more for inciting bicarbonate than legislation of late, awoke like Rip Van Winkle after forty thousand winks to “scrape rust off their muskets” and begin the work of legislating on behalf of a great nation.