Absolutely, no joke. The RNC should foot the bill for at least the charge to the treasury. They pulled this stunt for political gain, not for the good of anyone except the Republican party. They only shut down the government to do damage to their political foe, and they did it with out money. Now they should fork it over, get it from the Koch brothers. See how they take getting this bill, but if you dance the tune, you have to pay the piper. If they want to do this kind of political game, they should pay for it themselves, not force everyone else to pay the cost of their extortion. Remember when they held unemployment extension hostage right before Christmas during a deep recession they caused? By their fruits you shall know them. These guys are vile.
I don't buy that number for a second but lets say it's accurate. That amounts to 2.8 % of what Obama threw away on the so called stimulus.
Never heard you libs belly ache about that. One (me) might call you hypocrites.
Perhaps the Dems should pass the hat and reimburse the General Fund in the amount of $174,000 as the benefit for the death of Frank Lautenberg (sp?). The former senator was worth at least $10 million with some estimates as high as 3 times that amount. I suspect his wife had an insurance policy on him worth at least 10 times the benefit payment. Who says Jewish people, some of them at least, don't do pork?
The stimulus ended the Bush recession almost immediately. We went from an economy that was shrinking by almost 9% to an economy that was growing within 2 quarters. We went from losing 800,000 jobs per month to adding jobs 43 consecutive months.