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Fri., Oct. 11, 2013

Shutdown precedent looms

The Affordable Care Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The president of the United States signed it and the U.S. Supreme Court said it was constitutional. I had always understood that is how the process of making a law works.

Do we now have a new veto power that says either party can eliminate any law it does not care for by threatening to close down government and refusing to pay national debts unless the president agrees to set aside the law? Is this kind of politics going to be healthy for the United States in the long run? Is Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers sure she wants this precedent in the books when her party takes over the majority?

Bill Stimson


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