Zum aktuellen US-Haushaltsstreit – 33

Die Verhandlungen zwischen John Boehner (Republikanische Partei) und Barack Obama (Demokratische Partei) scheinen weiterzulaufen.

Auch die Republikaner wollen nun in nächster Zeit eine Lösung für den US-Haushaltsstreit finden, so mein Eindruck.

Allerdings müssen vorher wohl die genaueren Bedingungen für eine Aufhebung des “government shutdowns” und für eine Erhöhung der Schuldenobergrenze der USA (United States debt ceiling) zwischen beiden Parteien ausgehandelt werden.

Am 11.10.2013 erschien ein Artikel mit dem Titel “Congressional Republicans rush to develop plan to reopen government” in der “Washington Post“.

Die “Washington Post” – Reporter Lori Montgomery und Paul Kane äußern in diesem Artikel die Ansicht, dass John Boehner und die Republikanische Partei nicht zuletzt aufgrund der von mir schon erwähnten für sie negativen Umfragen zum US-Haushaltsstreit jetzt unter Druck stehen, relativ zügig eine machbare und für Barack Obama und die Demokratische Partei akzeptable Lösung anzubieten.

Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “Congressional Republicans rushed late Friday to develop a new plan for reopening the government and avoiding a first-ever default in hopes of crafting a strategy that can win the support of the White House before financial markets open Monday.

Talks on Capitol Hill advanced with a new urgency after President Obama rejected HouseSpeaker John A. Boehner’s (R) offer to raise the debt limit through late November to give the parties time to negotiate a broader budget deal.

Briefing reporters after financial markets closed for the week, White House press secretary Jay Carney praised a “new willingness” among Republicans to end the government shutdown — now in its 12th day — and to acknowledge that default on the national debt “would be catastrophically damaging.” (…).

With Republicans getting battered in public opinion polls over the shutdown, Senate GOP leaders urged Boehner to join them in supporting a single, big-bang measure that would open the government and raise the debt limit in one fell swoop.

“I laid out some of those ideas, and the question is, can the House find a center of gravity to open the government up around those ideas,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said after exiting the speaker’s office with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The two men, former House members, have been close friends with Boehner for almost 20 years.

Details were still fluid late Friday, but the latest 23-page draft of the emerging measure would immediately end the shutdown and fund federal agencies for six months at current spending levels. It would maintain deep automatic cuts known as the sequester, but give agency officials flexibility to decide where the cuts should fall.

In addition, the proposal would also raise the debt limit through Jan. 31, 2014. Lawmakers were considering whether to include a provision that would direct the House and Senate Budget committees to immediately enter negotiations over broader budget issues and to issue a report by Jan. 15, 2014. If an agreement could be reached, it would clear a path for another increase in the debt limit later that month, without additional drama.

In exchange, Republicans were seeking what they called a few “fig leafs” — minor adjustments to Obama’s new health-care initiative. The first would delay for two years a 2.3-percent tax on medical devices that is unpopular in both parties. The second would require internal auditors to ensure that people who get tax subsidies to buy health insurance are in fact eligible.

Another option under consideration but not included in the latest draft would reduce the number of workers required to receive health coverage from an employer, by changing the definition of a full-time worker from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week”.

Interessant ist auch, dass in diesem US-Haushaltsstreit die “United States Chamber of Commerce” (US-Handelskammer) offensichtlich nun auf Seiten Barack Obamas und der Demokraten und zugleich der gemäßigten Republikaner ist.

Traditionell steht die “United States Chamber of Commerce” den Republikanern wesentlich näher als den Demokraten und die Beziehungen dieser US-Handelskammer zu Barack Obama waren bisher eher gespannt.

Doch angesichts des sie schädigenden “government shutdowns” und angesichts der für sie noch viel bedrohlicheren “United States debt ceiling crisis” unterstützt die “United States Chamber of Commerce” offensichtlich nun Barack Obama und die Demokraten und zugleich die gemäßigten Republikaner, die es ablehnen, einen “government shutdown” oder eine Verweigerung der Erhöhung der Schuldenobergrenze der USA als Druckmittel gegen die US-Regierung (aktuell: Kabinett Obama) zu verwenden.

Seht hierzu den Artikel vom 12.10.2013 mit dem Titel “In budget and debt fight, White House finds unlikely alliance with business groups” in der “Washington Post“.

Für dieses Wochenende ist allerdings mit keiner Lösung des US-Haushaltsstreits mehr zu rechnen.

Seht hierzu den Artikel vom 12.10.2013 mit dem Titel “U.S. fiscal negotiations sputter as deadline nears” in “Reuters“.

Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “Hopes for a resolution of Washington’s fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on Capitol Hill on Saturday, as President Barack Obama’s efforts to reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives sputtered.

The focus has now shifted to Senate Republicans’ ideas for reopening the government and raising the government’s borrowing authority, which runs out on October 17.

“I guess they’re (the White House) talking to the Senate now,” a dejected House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, a Republican, told Reuters.

“There is no deal; no negotiations going on,” House Speaker John Boehner told a meeting of House Republicans, according to Representative Richard Hudson.

The White House had expressed deep reservations with Boehner’s plan for a debt ceiling increase that would have extended only to November 22 and other demands that would have required a series of negotiations to continue under the threat of default and government shutdown.

Meanwhile, there appeared to be growing interest in a plan written by Republican Senator Susan Collins that would fund government operations for another six months at their current level and extend Treasury Department borrowing authority through January 31.

Without action by Congress, the United States could be in default by Thursday, when the Treasury warns its borrowing authority would basically be exhausted.

Many House members were heading to their home districts, having been informed that there would be no votes later on Saturday, Sunday or before Monday evening”.

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