Just hours before a midnight deadline last week, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open, but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.
The American people deserve far better than this type of last-minute, short-term legislating.
Keeping the Government open for business or paying our debts cannot be allowed to be a patrician issue.
Tea party anger directed at Speaker John Boehner helped prod the Ohio Republican's announcement to step down, and just underlines the growing dysfunction in the GOP.
Remember how many ran for Congress saying if we can just get control of both houses in Congress the GOP will really get things done, well that happened, and we see no change in the results?
Democrats helped beleaguered House Republican leaders pass the measure by 277 - 151, so 151 of those elected to conduct the people's business voted to shut us down, ridiculous!
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said the vote to keep the Government in business was: "another setback for the American people," we assure you that is not the case.
Eight of the 20 Republican senators who opposed Wednesday's bill are up for re-election. Presidential candidates Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida skipped the vote.
Remember to keep that in mind next year, as we look to elect real leaders.