Stalemate Continues …

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History is being made as the stalemate continues! We are on the forefront with questions from our amazing live audience!

Moderator, Felice Gerwitz hosts this session with Professor Wilson. Professor Wilson begins with a recap of the events of our government stalemate as well as an explanation of political terminology students will hear in the media.

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Government shutdowns generally occur when two houses of Congress (or Congress and the president) cannot agree on a certain topic. These generally are budget related and happen right before a new fiscal  year or before the deadline. It means that all the federal programs and agencies will not have all fund to operate. In this case, it is between the Republican House and the Democrat Senate.

Each federal agency develops its own shutdown plan, following guidance released in previous shutdowns and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The plan identifies which government activities may not continue until appropriations are restored, requiring furloughs and the halting of many agency activities. However, “essential services” – many of which are related to public safety – continue to operate, with payments covering any obligations incurred only when appropriations are enacted.

 

This episode is a follow up to the original government shutdown show! visit it here  https://ultimateradioshow.com/govstalemate/

Government Stalemate & Events

CurrentIssues_ButtonProfessor Woodrow Wilson launches into a discussion about the government stalemate and more.

In this episode we delve into the government stalemate as we learn what events transpire in a stalemate (also known as a shutdown).

Government shutdowns generally occur when two houses of Congress (or Congress and the president) cannot agree on a certain topic. These generally are budget related and happen right before a new fiscal  year or before the deadline. It means that all the federal programs and agencies will not have all fund to operate. In this case, it is between the Republican House and the Democrat Senate.

Each federal agency develops its own shutdown plan, following guidance released in previous shutdowns and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The plan identifies which government activities may not continue until appropriations are restored, requiring furloughs and the halting of many agency activities. However, “essential services” – many of which are related to public safety – continue to operate, with payments covering any obligations incurred only when appropriations are enacted.

 

In prior shutdowns, border protection, in-hospital medical care, air traffic control, law enforcement, and power grid maintenance have been among the services classified as essential, while some legislative and judicial staff have also been largely protected. Mandatory spending not subject to annual appropriations, such as for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, also continues. Other example of activities that continue are activities funded by permanent user fees not subject to appropriations such as immigration services funded by visa fees.

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ACA-Affordable Care Act & Government

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Affordable Care Act (ACA) & Government

Professor Woodrow Wilson launches the first show with a discussion about the ACA, the “Affordable Care Act,” also known as Obamacare. He analyzes the differences between Republican and Democratic views on this issue as well as delving into the origin of their differences. In this show we will examine the shut-down of areas of government run facilities, and the constitutionality of what is currently taking place.

The main objectives of this program are to reform the private insurance market, to expand Medicaid to the working poor with income up to 133% of the federal poverty level, and to change the way that medical decisions are made.

Here we will examine these policies among others to make informed observations on these