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Obama: There Will Be a Government ‘Shutdown Threat Two Weeks Before Christmas’

by Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSnews:

In his Weekly Address today, President Barack Obama warned that there will be another government shutdown threat two weeks before Christmas and said he “will not sign” a short-term spending bill.

The continuing resolution that Congress passed this week runs until Dec. 11. If President Obama does “not sign” the spending bill Congress sends him to fund the government after that date, Obama will shut down the government.

The government will not be funded until Obama signs an appropriations bill passed by Congress.

“Fortunately, there were enough votes in both parties to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government open for another ten weeks,” Obama said in his address. “Unfortunately, that gimmick only sets up another shutdown threat two weeks before Christmas.”

“It just kicks the can down the road without solving any problems or doing any long-term planning for the future,” Obama said. “And that’s why I will not sign another shortsighted, short-term spending bill like the one Congress sent me this week.”

Under the Constitution of the United States, Congress has the power to approve all spending done by the U.S. Treasury. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution says: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”

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