Monday, January 15, 2018

Government Shutdown Looms

Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to reach a long-term spending accord by the Friday deadline. GOP leaders are now turning to a short-term funding measure in hopes of keeping agencies open while talks continue, but Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to support any deal that does not protect young illegal immigrants, reports The Washington Post.

According to WaPo, aides to key negotiators from both parties planned to meet Tuesday in an effort to rekindle budget talks, setting up a Wednesday meeting of the leaders themselves. If they cannot agree, the government would shut down at midnight Friday for the first time since 2013.

Of course, this is not the real, permanent, shutdown of most government services that small-government and libertarian advocates would like to see, it is a Congressional shuck and jive show. If things shut down, the shutdown won't last anywhere near long enough. say, a good 200 years.



  1. It's a good idea, if you're in D.C., to visit the Washington Monument this week.

  2. Friday is my birthday. I can't imagine a better present than a government shutdown.