Ordinary Americans have thrown around plenty of pejoratives to describe their frustrations regarding the brinkmanship that has enveloped the current Congress. Not to be outdone, one of Capitol Hill’s very own has offered this biting assessment of the situation: “disgusting.”
“The gridlock and partisanship in Washington right now is disgusting,” said Sen. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, in a news release issued Monday. “With economic instability in the United States and around the world, it’s unacceptable for Congress to add more uncertainty to the marketplace by threatening another government shutdown.”
The House and Senate have until Friday to resolve a standoff regarding a stopgap government funding bill that includes disaster relief money. Failure to pass the measure on time would mean that many federal agencies would be forced to cease most operations, while aid to victims of recent floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes would run dry.
Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate are at loggerheads over whether the billions of dollars in disaster spending should be offset by cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.
“We have people in Massachusetts and across the country who need disaster assistance right now, but this latest episode of partisan politics threatens to hold back relief from those who need it most,” Mr. Brown said. “It’s time for people on both sides to stop bickering and work together on policies that will get our economy going.”