Ga. House Talks Shutdown
(AJC) — Many members of Georgia’s delegation in the U.S. House were busy laying blame this week in advance of the possible government shutdown. “Hopefully history won’t repeat itself with Republicans shutting down government again,” Democrat Hank Johnson of DeKalb County said, referring to the 1995 federal shutdown. “But it appears that Republican leadership cannot control its tea party flank, which has hijacked the process.” Republican Paul Broun’s office lobbed the blame back across the aisle, however. “President Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to offer the same unacceptable ‘compromises’ which have clearly illuminated their intention to shut down the government,” Broun, who represents north Georgia, said in a statement on his website. House members are expected to vote today on a resolution that will fund the Defense Department through the end of September and keep the rest of the federal government running one more week.