Erica Elliott, spokeswoman extraordinaire for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., had the unenviable task of calming frayed nerves Wednesday, after the House community had been informed that plans for the foreseeable future had been officially flushed down the toilet.
Because Congress can't figure out how to pass appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year, the word went out around 3:45 p.m. that the House would be in session longer than anticipated.
"Members are advised that on Wednesday, September 25, the House will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m. Members further are advised that the House will remain in session through the week, and possibly the weekend, until the completion of the CR. This is a change from the previously announced schedule," the notice read.
Apparently, all hell broke loose, not that anyone enjoys finding out their schedule's been thrown into a chaos of their own making. But the wording was a bit confusing, prompting some people to not be very pleased at all. Elliott sent out a missive a little while later, chiding everyone and, for good measure, she included a YouTube link to a scene at the end of "Animal House" that depicted mass hysteria, as well as a young Kevin Bacon yelling, "All is well," before being flattened by the frightened hordes.
"To clarify all of the confusion and panic: The House was supposed to be out next week. Instead of being out next week, we will be in starting Wednesday. We will consider the CR before we leave this week. C’mon y’all ..." her missive read, followed by the YouTube link.
So remember, as we get closer to a government shutdown and a possible worldwide economic slowdown: All is well!
After all, look how it turned out for Kevin Bacon's character!