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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► The U.S. Senate has agreed to authorize an additional $625 million to continue construction at the Aurora VA Hospital project. As Mark Matthews reports for the Denver Post:
But Senate approval doesn’t mean the hospital is in the clear. Although the measure cleared the Senate without opposition, it still requires House support.
Even then, the authorization bill won’t be enough. Congress also needs to agree to a VA plan to shift money to the project; that request is tied to a stopgap spending bill that Congress must approve by Thursday or else plunge the federal government into a shutdown.
What does Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) say about all of this? He’s not quoted, again, even though the project is in his district and even though Coffman is the Chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee for the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee.
► House Speaker John Boehner surprised most political observers when he announced on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October. Boehner is not going quietly, however, and is using his lame-duck status to rip into dysfunctional members of his Republican Party. From the Associated Press:
House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government shutdown this week but not the GOP’s broader battle over how to wield power.
Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Boehner unloaded against conservatives long outraged that even with control of both houses of Congress, Republicans have not succeeded on key agenda items, such as repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law and striking taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. He refused to back down from calling one of the tea party-styled leaders and presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, a “jackass.”
“Absolutely they’re unrealistic,” Boehner said. “The Bible says, ‘Beware of false prophets.’ And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.”…
…“Our founders didn’t want some parliamentary system where, if you won the majority, you got to do whatever you wanted. [Pols emphasis] They wanted this long, slow process” he said. “And so change comes slowly, and obviously too slowly, for some.”
► Are you tired of being an elected official? Do you welcome the sweet embrace of political death at the hands of the recall election? Jefferson County School Board President Ken Witt demonstrates how to make the case for your own recall: Step 1) Publicly ignore your own governing procedures, and 2) Talk down to fellow board members and community members whenever possible.
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