We have a functioning federal government for another couple months, no thanks to South Dakota’s Congressional deelgation. President Joe Bien signed an interim funding bill yesterday that puts off a government shutdown until mid-December. Contrary to his professed commitment practical problem-solving, South Dakota’s lone Representative voted yesterday with most House Republicans to let the new fiscal year began with no approved appropriations and thus no government to solve problems. Also supporting a government shutdown were Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, who bucked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and joined 23 other Senate Republicans in not giving a good gosh darn about maintaining public services for 320 million Americans.
Johnson, Thune, and Rounds voted against continuing appropriations for the USDA, Homeland Security, and everything else under the federal sun, as well as additional funding for numerous important and helpful programs:
- $18.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deal with, among other things, hurricane season;
- $12.3 billion to help the Ukrainians push the Russians into the Sea of Azov;
- $2.5 billion to rebuild communities destroyed by wildfire in New Mexico;
- $1.8 billion to provide emergency food and shelter for folks coming to America;
- $1 billion in home heating assistance;
- $20 million to help rebuild water infrastructure in Jackson, Mississippi.
The House of Representatives is now out for the entire month of October for a District Work Period. The Senate has State Work Periods next week and October 24 through November 8. Both chambers have a week of work under the dome from November 14 through November 18 before another week off for Turkey Day.