White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre held a press briefing on Monday, marking the first briefing since Congress managed to prevent a government shutdown over the weekend. The brief respite from chaos came after Congress hastily signed a continuing resolution just hours before their midnight deadline on Saturday, which will keep the government funded for another 45 days. It seems like Congress is always waiting until the last possible moment to do their job, but hey, at least they managed to scrape by this time.
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Now, Congress has until November 16, 2023, to actually pass a proper appropriations bill to secure funding for the next fiscal year. Let’s hope they don’t wait until the 11th hour again to get things done. It’s time for them to step up and take their responsibilities seriously, instead of putting the stability of our government on the line every few months.
It’s hard to have confidence in a Congress that constantly plays this game of chicken with government funding. It’s no wonder why so many people have lost faith in our political system. We need leaders who are willing to put their differences aside and work together for the good of the American people. Maybe, just maybe, this close call will serve as a wake-up call for our elected officials. But I won’t hold my breath.