Budget battle returns for another round

Have you heard the latest?

President Obama and congressional Republicans are battling over budget matters. If you think you’ve heard this before, you’re not alone. We all have. Repeatedly. It never ends.

How’s that saying go? Same song, different verse.

So, what’s at stake? Plenty.

The government might shut down. Then again, it might not. At issue is whether Congress should approve a continuing resolution to fund the federal government. However, Republicans who control the House of Representatives have thrown in this little kicker: They’ll fund the government only if money for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is taken out.

The president will have none of that. Neither will the Democrats who control the Senate.

They’ve got a little more than a week to figure this out.

On one side, we have the president telling his “friends” on the other side that the Affordable Care Act is settled law, approved by the very same body that now wants to repeal it. On the other side are GOP members of Congress who insist the act is a “failed policy,” and they want it taken off the books — and replaced with, well, something else.

The PBS NewsHour will be all over this story as it wraps up the week with news and analysis. The NewsHour is shown each night on PanhandlePBS at 6 p.m. Tune in and let’s learn something.

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