Government Shutdown Becoming Less Likely
Posted at 8:11 a.m. on Sept. 19
As House Republicans continue to debate whether a bill to fund the government should cut appropriations for President Obama’s health care reform law, Matthew Yglesias explains why a government shutdown is becoming less likely.
“What’s happening is that John Boehner is preparing to pass an appropriations bill that also defunds Obamacare that he knows perfectly well stands no chance of passing, and he’s hoping that doing this will placate the right wing of the his caucus for when he surrenders.”
“The operating theory here is that if Boehner has the whole House GOP indulge the maximalist faction by all passing a defuding bill, that creates enough room to move to later violate the Hastert Rule and pass a continuing resolution.”