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July 23, 2014

Government Shutdown Closer Than It Seems

Government spending will dry up on October 1 unless Congress passes a budget or (more likely) a continuing resolution, but Ezra Klein explains why there might not be enough time to address the issue.

“The Senate is now considering the House’s continuing resolution… A ‘cloture’ vote — which is how you overcome a filibuster — takes two full calendar days. So that takes us to Wednesday… There are 30 hours of post-cloture debate… The Senate files cloture to move to a vote on the bill and the amendment stripping out the ‘defund’ language… Now it’s Saturday… Another 30 hours of post-cloture debate… The Senate sends the bill back to the House. That’ll probably happen on Monday, Sept. 30.”

“The key is what happens after that. The House could just pass the Senate’s CR and send it to the president. If that happens, no shutdown. But if they don’t want to pass the Senate’s CR…there’s no real time left to send a new bill back to the Senate.”

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