The Shutdown: A case of the Mondays...

  • Oct 5, 2013
  • Source: POLITICO
  • by: SEUNG MIN KIM, JOHN BRESNAHAN and BURGESS EVERETT
The government shutdown is lurching into a second week after a fruitless weekend on Capitol Hill.

A rare Saturday session was dominated by now-familiar shutdown messaging from Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, with each side trying to blame the other for keeping the government shuttered. Even House-passed legislation that would pay federal workers prompted an angry reaction from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

There were no signs of serious negotiations over the weekend, and the longer the standoff drags on the more likely the fight will bump up against the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling — setting the stage for a giant battle over fiscal policy in the coming weeks.

More than a dozen lawmakers took to the Sunday shows to keep making their rhetorical case about which side is being unreasonable in the congressional stalemate.
 Source: POLITICO
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