The Countdown to a Government Shutdown Begins

Monday, September 30, 2013

The U.S. Capitol Building. (Capitol Hill/Shutterstock)

The clock has begun to tick, counting down the minutes until a government shutdown begins.

House Republicans have decided to live with a government shutdown rather than live with the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats have decided to live with a government shutdown rather than live without the Affordable Care Act. The House GOP insist that a bill to keep funding the government include anti-Obamacare amendments, while Democrats in the Senate are just as adamant that it doesn't.

With no compromise and no movement, there's no government. Unless they strike a deal on a spending bill by the end of the day, the government will begin closing shop at 12:01 AM Tuesday. If the two parties can't agree, the government will shutdown for the first time since late 1995.

Joining us to explain the showdown on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who has followed the drama straight through the weekend.


Todd Zwillich


T.J. Raphael

Comments [10]

unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

Who exactly is behaving like a spoiled kid, not getting their way, seeking to derail the whole show? Just exactly what have democrats threatened to do?

Exactly how many votes have been had, to the exclusion of quite a bit of legitimate government to REPEAL Obamacare. Certainly that's the ONLY thing deserving of attention of late, except, of course for, reversing Roe v Wade, and shutting down unions. That whole immigration reform thing, that's just an afterthought.

Oh no, do whatever it takes, stop at nothing, pull out all the stops to repeal (thirty plus votes) NOT delay (one vote) Obamacare. It's got to be the worst thing that's happened in America since slavery, Native Americans, the Japanese internment OR maybe civil rights, voting rights, Jim Crow, the KKK, the holocaust, NOTHING could be FAR more horrific than the possibility with or (mostly) without the help of republicans.

Just what exactly will be the underlying case republicans will make, after this, for republican majorities, a republican president?

Governing is, to the contrary, Mr Speaker, getting things DONE. NOT getting your way, no matter what.

Speaker of the House, third in line for the presidency? In this case, it must be a mistake, a typo. John Boehner in the White House? If his "leadership" of the House is an example of what he, of what republicans propose to do to (NOT for) the country,

we're in trouble - BIG trouble.

They'd like us to borrow a line from the musical Porgy and Bess:

"I got plenty o' nothin, and nothin satisfies me."

(Oh except for the top 1%, for them, apparently, "too much, just isn't enough" - Apologies to "Over the Hedge")


Oct. 01 2013 08:02 AM

Sorry, DLMC, your argument is BS. The ACA was passed over three years ago. What the House is attempting to pull here is a coup. They are expanding their own role to be dictators over all of us. They are lucky that BHO is the President and not me. I'd have my AG sue their party. And some members may even go on trial for treason. The House is not the boss of me.

Imagine the ballyhoo if a Democratic Party controlled House had tried anything like this!

Sep. 30 2013 03:43 PM

How can the House opt to expand its own role in government beyond what the Constitution has defined? Usually, the executive branch is accused of 'abuse of power' but here we have HALF of the legislative branch deciding that they get two chances to approve legislation. Once when it is passed and AGAIN when it comes time to pay the bills for the laws that have been passed.

If the House doesn't like ObamaCare, fine let them repeal it. But until they have to votes to repeal it, they need to get in line and pay the bills without condition.

These ARE the guys that opened the last two legislative sessions by reading the Constitution OUT LOUD, isn't it? Were'nt they listening?

Sep. 30 2013 03:28 PM
Warren Dearman from Brooklyn, NY

Obama has caved before but this is his baby and he shouldn't cave on this. This is going to come back to haunt the GOP like it did in the mid 90's. Eventually the shenanigans of the GOP is going to reach a tipping point, and in the future even if they have a legitimate gripe, no one will listen because of their past tantrums. Time to stop this nonsense and get on with the business of the country.

Sep. 30 2013 02:57 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Some new cliched Politician has to draw a new line in the sand of the carrot which dangles over the ledge or who knows what will become of us without garbage pick up tomorrow.

Sep. 30 2013 02:09 PM

Please stop with the control of Abortion and let women decide!

GOP Cult will be in serious dire if they shutdown the government like they plan.

Sep. 30 2013 01:22 PM
Nauseous from Seattle, Washington

I can't wait to have insurance. The affordable Care Act is just awesome love it :-).

Thanks for giving us this option.

Sep. 30 2013 01:17 PM
Robert Lauricellsa from bostoon

Why is it never discussed what the subsidy to people who have health insurance thru their employer by not taxing the value of their insurance as income. Obviously this subsidy increases with ones tax bracket. Why not take this tax and purchase health care for the non insured.

Sep. 30 2013 11:18 AM

This bill does not defund obamacare, it delays the implementation for a year - BIG DIFFERENCE. This is already a comprise on the part of republicans. Also omitted is the fact it passed the house on a bi-partisan vote. So to avoid a government shut-down all Reid has to do is pass a bi-partisan bill that simply delays obamacare for a year. What happened to all President Obama's calls for "civil" discussion? Is he reserving that for Iran, while repeatedly calling Republicans terrorist and using metaphors like "gun to the head".
When do you cross the line from spin to flat out lying? Seems like todays misrepresentation of the facts comes close if it doesn't actually cross the line.

Sep. 30 2013 10:27 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We decided to make abortion part of healthcare ... and now the fight over the healthcare system is dividing our country ... and the healthcare system itself might be in jeopardy. Obamacare, by making contraception and abortion a required part of every plan, is the largest institutionalization of abortion since Carhart in 1993. Abortion destroys everything it touches.

Sep. 30 2013 09:19 AM

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