A Government Shutdown is Looming—Again

Friday, September 13, 2013

March 19, 2010. The President in the Oval Office pressing Representatives to vote for the health care reform bill. In those final days before the vote, the President made hundreds of calls. (The White House/Wikimedia Commons)

While the American public focuses its gaze on the international crisis brewing in Syria, another crisis is brewing on Capitol Hill.

In just a few short weeks, the current fiscal year ends. And for now, there is no consensus on how government operations will be funded after September 30.

Part of the hold up has to do with Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s new health care law, which fully takes effect on October 1st. GOP lawmakers are refusing to pass any spending bill that keeps funding for the Affordable Care Act intact.

Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins the program and explains how this might be resolved.


Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Deadlines don't seem to mean the same thing in Washington as it does everywhere else.
I'm having a hard time worrying about get close to the cliff, though I do have a twitch now, and suddenly will look over my shoulder at random moments throughout the day.

Sep. 13 2013 12:28 PM

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