This will probably seem like more of same…and unfortunately it is.  Congress is doing more of same – totally shirking their Congressional responsibilities.  How do we make it stop? 

Maybe a Convention of the States will be required?


My Colorado Representatives:

You’ve embarrassed me, you’ve embarrassed yourselves, you’ve embarrassed the nation!

I see the House this holiday-shortened week might (after all the 15 or so bills to be considered “under suspension of the rules”) by Wednesday, or so, might consider talking about[1]:

H.R. 648 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 [emphasis added, twh] (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Appropriations Committee)

Postponed Vote of H.J.Res. 28 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Appropriations Committee)

Legislation Related to FY19 Appropriations

We’re two thirds the way through January 2019, which puts us about ten days from being one-third of the way through all of FY2019 and Congress is still trying to appropriate monies for the government to operate?

H.R.648 is only 1103 pages of funding legislation that should have been approved more than five months ago as part of the Budgeting process.  Now the new 116th Congress, including all the returning Congresspeople, is faced with cleaning up the miserable mess left by the 115th Congress.  How can you returning representatives not be embarrassed?

But wait, the new Congress can fix this.  H.J.Res 28 will fix this problem – fix it in the preferred Congressional way.  H.J.Res 28 will extend (“kick the can”) down the road more than another month – all the way to February 28th.  Which option will our new Congress choose?

Most of our nation’s populous are aware that the government is “temporarily” shut down because Congress won’t fund the President’s request for border security funds – aka, “the wall.”  Fortunately, for Congress at least, many of the nation’s populous aren’t acutely aware that the previous Congress (115th) should have completed all this work before September 2018 – almost four months ago.  Shame on them.

The sinful part of all this is not Congress failing to fund the Administration’s request for securing the border, but Congress betraying the entire nation by not properly funding the entire federal government.

“Embarrassing” is too kind a word to describe this massive failing!

We’re watching!

Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado


[1] Kevin McCarthy, House Republican Leader’s Weeky Schedule, Week of January 21st, 2019



    • Bill Marvel on January 21, 2019 at 9:46 AM
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    I only wish more of us were watching….

    As this drags out further, my sense is that few people in the country understand the eventual ramifications of Congress’s endless inability to produce a budget, let alone a balanced one. You cannot balance a budget when there are more hands in the cookie jar than the cookie makers can supply. So kicking the can allows them to ignore that fiscal reality and hold off the ever demanding masses, at least temporarily. But there will come a time when kicking the can down the road of ever greater deficits sends it over the cliff at the end. What happens when there is no can left to kick and the feds finally have to tell the truth because lies no longer work? In short, what happens when there is no money and what money does exist is worthless?

    The national ramifications will involve coast to coast insurrection similar to the gang violence being played out daily in Chicago and Baltimore, to name two. And it will involve tens of millions who today are peaceful citizens but whose backs will be against the wall with empty stomachs and civil conduct will be thrown out the door. With no food deliveries, no mail, no utilities, curfews, and no trusted government, it will start bad. And it will get worse from there as those who are armed will take from those who are not until there is no more to take. Then, in survival mode, they will go after each other…

    Internationally, our enemies (who are always watching, unlike so many naive Americans) will likely see an open door opportunity to make their move. That move will produce a global warming that makes the current climate seem like air conditioning. In a nuclear missile world, those two huge oceans which have been our major protectors since the country began, will become irrelevant.

    I wonder who will be left to write that history?

    Bill Marvel

    1. Bill – Your insight is always appreciated. I’m beginning to think that a highly restricted Convention of the States is the only solution. That Convention would meet for ONLY AND SPECIFICALLY the purpose of approving two amendments to the Constitution – a Balanced Budget Amendment and a Congressional Term Limits Amendment. Either one or both will be the first step down a road to recovery. Watch me start pushing for that convention.

      I just hope the Republic can survive long enough to call the Convention of the States.

      Tom Howe

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