Bleh...more foolishness from Congress and the deep pockets that pays for them. At this point, they might as well just pass the deal now, and hope everyone forgets about it during christmas holidays. If they wait until Jan 15th and start talking about a "government shutdown" again, that's starting to flirt with the start of campaign season for primaries. What the republicans have to figure out is whether Freedomworks and the others mentioned can actually impact their election chances or not. Turns out that "money is speech" thing didn't turn out quite they way they wanted.