In which a Fox News reporter competes to be heard over a children’s choir while doing a liveshot in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building.
The choir makes this quite epic. Almost like the end of a Michael Bay movie, in which all the bad guys have been defeated and two bloodied and bruised humans are kissing (before going back to debate the budget?).
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"The salient point, as we enter shutdown mode, is this: Republicans have had at least three opportunities this week to preserve the livelihoods of US service members and their families, while keeping the budget debate open. They had their moment. They had their chance. They have not led."
— From “The GOP’s Phony Troop-Pay Ploy." Those final three sentences, ironically, are taken from a speech by George W. Bush at the 2000 GOP presidential convention, complaining about Democrats. We think the words are especially apt here.
Politicians in Congress, assured of their own paychecks regardless of whether the government shut down, continued battling for budgetary and political turf as the deadline of midnight Friday crept closer.
It was at that moment the White House issued a proclamation to the country concerning the following week:
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA … do hereby proclaim April 10 through April 16, 2011, as National Volunteer Week."
WASHINGTON—The current session of the 111th Cat Congress was once again suspended Tuesday following the sudden introduction of a sunbeam onto the Senate floor, a development that has left a majority of transfixed lawmakers unable to move forward.
The ray of sunlight, which first appears in the official record at 11:30 a.m., interrupted debate over S. 391, a proposal to provide underprivileged felines with universal access to scratching posts.
"We’ve come up against an unforeseen circumstance, but we’ll resume deliberation and voting as quickly as is reasonably possible," said majority leader and Budget Committee chaircat Sen. Creamsicle (D-ND), stretching out to his entire length and repeatedly kneading the chamber carpet. "I think I speak for most of my colleagues when I say that, while it is extremely important we continue the legislative work at hand, we must first give this warm and bright beam of light the due consideration it deserves."…