Valley lawmakers involved in struggle over government funding

Valley lawmakers involved in struggle over government funding

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – We all pay taxes and we know that money goes to fund our government.

But they’re running out of money, and America is once again waiting for a plan to solve that problem.

Congress listened to the Pope Thursday morning and quickly got back to listening to each other, plus throw in some bickering.

The battle is over funding the government, which will run out of money October 1st.

“First of all, we’ve got to stop this last minute brinkmanship and short-term, kick-the-can-down-the-road methods of funding,” Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson said. “This is the greatest nation on the planet.”

If a funding bill is not in place before next Wednesday, the government would shut down for the second time in 3 fiscal years.

A shutdown in 2013 lasted for 16 days while lawmakers debated whether to tie the budget to President Obama’s affordable healthcare act.

Now, the battle is over stripping taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood.

“But don’t let that submarine or sabotage the funding to run our country,” Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni said.

Temporary spending measures provide funding for a limited time. The main goal is to approve one which doesn’t just kick the can down the road.

“I signed up to make America better and to regain our footing as a world leader,” Johnson said.

Thursday afternoon, 52 Senators, including Ohio’s Sherrod Brown and Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey voted to block a stopgap spending bill over moves against Planned Parenthood.

Now, they’ll try to move a bill forward without that measure.

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