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Brookings Scholars on Government Shutdown Crisis

Fred Dews

A partial shutdown of U.S. federal government services commenced on October 1. The Brookings Now blog highlighted in real time what Brookings experts said about the shutdown, its implications for governance and the economy, and the potential showdown over the debt limit. Tweet this »

Visit FixGov blog and the federal budget topic page to continue following what Brookings scholars are saying about the government shutdown.

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Bruce Katz writes that “This shutdown further exposes that the responsible leaders in this country are primarily in our cities and metropolitan areas.” 

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Tuesday, 6:16 pm: Darrell West says “Save the Pandas! Don’t close government videos and websites.”

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10:04 am: John Hudak explains that mandatory spending programs, such as Social Security and Medicaid, “would be untouched by the current budget battle we’re having.”

9:48 am: Bill Galston says the GOP overplayed its hand with Obamacare in the government shutdown fight.

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3:35 am: Sarah Binder explains the difference between congressional “ping-pong”—the back and forth of amendments between the House and Senate—and a conference committee.

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Tuesday, 12:01 am: News update—The federal government shutdown has commenced.

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10:36 pm: Tom Mann, co-author of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, on MSBNC tonight: John Boehner “feels such enormous pressure to produce the entire majority on the floor of the House from his own party, and since 30 or 40 of those members are just completely out of touch with reality and care nothing about governance or problem-solving or practical matters he’s become completely at their disposal and can’t get anything done.”

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4:07 pm: Elaine Kamarck calls Rep. John Boehner “an extraordinarily weak Speaker of the House” in her discussion on WSJ live of probable winners and losers in the event the government shuts down. Watch the video below:


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2:28 pm: News update—The Senate voted 54-46 to reject the most recent House bill that included language to delay the Affordable Care Act for one year and repeal the medical device tax.

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