Well, it’s over — at least for now.
Federal lawmakers came to an agreement Wednesday night to
fully reopen the federal government and to also avoid a threatened national
The deal will fund the government through Jan. 15 and
allow the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7.
Let’s hope that those in Washington can learn from what has
transpired the past few weeks and be able to find bipartisan solutions to the
big problems our country faces.
That was also a similar feeling former President Bill Clinton
expressed when he visited Cleveland on Thursday to speak at Cuyahoga County
Community College Foundation Presidential Scholarship Luncheon.
Clinton shared that he felt relief that the situation was
over in part because of the political drama that had been created and he
believes the country’s reputation has suffered internationally because of it.
The former president has a perspective that only a few can
share because he was in office the last time the federal government was shut
Although many believe Clinton benefitted politically and
that it helped him get re-elected to a second term, he said that threat of a
government shutdown is not the right way to govern.
Even though it was a last minute agreement with little
choice and time left, a bipartisan agreement was reached.
When looking at the final roll call, eight of Ohio’s 16
members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the deal including Reps.
, R-Russell Township, and Marcia L. Fudge
Heights. Both Ohio U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown
, D-Cleveland, and Rob Portman
R-Cincinnati, voted to approve the deal.
A Washington-based television reporter asked President Barack Obama
that same night after he delivered remarks prior to the House voting on the
deal whether he expected the drama to return in a few months when the next
deadlines arise and the president simply said “no” before exiting the room.
It would make sense for Congress to work together to put
forth a budget for Obama to sign. Is that really too much to ask?
The policy of adopting continuing resolutions to fund the
federal government doesn’t seem to accomplish much except to keep things status
Quite frankly, there has to be a better way for our
elected officials to govern.
Maybe it took the country’s nearly falling financially off
a cliff to make that point clear.
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The Lake County Democratic Party hosts its annual
Jefferson-Jackson starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Patrician Party Center
in Eastlake. Featured guests include Ohio Attorney General candidate David Pepper
and former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner
Ward L. Kinney
, candidate for Chester Township trustee,
hosts a meet and greet event 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Geauga West Library in
Lake County Recorder Ann M. Radcliffe
hosts spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Park Road Grill in
Painesville Township. See Terri Conley
n Arlene Becks
, candidate for
Painesville Council at large, hosts Three Pasta Entrée Buffet fundraiser with
special guests state Sen. Nina Turner
and state Rep. John Rogers
, 5:30 to 8
p.m. Oct. 22 at Painesville Elk’s Lounge. See Becks, Trudy Simmons
or L.K. Williams
n Tom Fitzgerald
, candidate for
Painesville Council Jan. 1 term, hosts an open house fundraiser, 5 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 23, at his home in Painesville. See Debra Fitzgerald
or Janet Clair
n Chuck Brickman
, candidate for
Willoughby Council at large, hosts a fundraiser, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at
Wild Goose in Willoughby. See Brickman.
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