Looming Government Shutdown: Live Coverage; What Stays Open?
You can follow the negotiations — and posturing — in Washington live on CSPAN and on NPR. PBS NewsHour is streaming the Senate debate live. (Here’s a list of resources to help you navigate a shutdown should it occur.)
With a government shutdown less than 12 hours away, it has come to this: Top Democrats and Republicans both said Friday morning that key disagreements are holding up a deal on the budget. But they can’t even agree on what they are disagreeing over. Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said that negotiators had come very close to a budget agreement overnight. But, Reid said, the deal broke up in a dispute over funding for the group Planned Parenthood. Full article
And from the New York Times:
…Mr. Boehner again urged the Senate to pass a temporary House budget resolution that would finance the military for the balance of the fiscal year, cut $12 billion in spending from the current year’s budget and would keep the rest of the government operating for another week, as Republicans in the House have voted to do. “This is the responsible thing to do,” he told reporters. Democrats in the Senate have rejected that approach as a gimmick, and Mr. Obama has said he would veto it. Mr. Reid told reporters at the Capitol on Friday morning that the Senate would explore the possibility of a brief continuing resolution that simply kept the government open for another week with no changes to spending, an approach the Republicans have brushed aside. Full article
If the Republicans cause a government shutdown, we’re really gonna wish we had Leslie Nielsen to give Harry Reid the George Zip speech.
Which I think is this, someone correct me if I’m wrong:
- Government shutdown: What’s closed, what’s open? (CNN)
- Government 101: What would a shutdown mean for you? (Christian Science Monitor)
- Government Shutdown: What to Expect (Washington Wire, WSJ)
- Government shutdown: The mail will come, but your tax refund might not be in it (McClatchy Newspapers)
- Bay Area braces for government shutdown (SF Chronicle)
- Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore could close as budget issue looms (Marin Independent Journal)
- Alcatraz potentially among Bay Area victims of looming federal government shutdown (SF Examiner)
- Congress doesn’t shut down during a shutdown (AP)