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Editorial: Congress needs to get this job done

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opinion Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Like mud through the hour glass, so are the days of our Congress … in other words, nothing much accomplished.

As the hours count down, Congress is headed toward a federal government shutdown on Tuesday and exhausting its borrowing capacity two weeks later.

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Congress is tipping toward a financial crisis in October, rather than taking care of the people’s business.

The Senate is working on debating a House-passed bill that keeps government open, but removes funding for the Affordable Care Act. The Senate is expected to vote on that bill after removing the defunding language on the Affordable Care Act.

Meantime the federal government has been battling a federal government limit all summer, but has employed emergency measures to have sufficient cash levels. The Congressional Budget Office said this week that the U.S. will start missing payments in late October without a debt limit solution.

The House GOP leader changed directions Thursday offering to extend the debt ceiling of the Affordable Care Act was delayed a year. President Obama quickly rejected the proposal stating he would not “negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”

The time for Congress and the president to get their job done is here.

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