Right and Left React to the Prospect of a Government Shutdown

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From the Right


Speaker Paul D. Ryan spoke at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Tom Brenner/The New York Times

David N. Bossie, Fox News:

“It’s time for Republicans in the U.S. House to take decisive action without delay on the issues of immigration reform and government funding that will prevent a government shutdown Friday night.”

Mr. Bossie, the president of Citizens United and a former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump’s campaign, has a very prescriptive view of how to avert a government shutdown: “Republicans must move forward without” Democrats. Mr. Bossie suggests approving a two-year spending bill to avert confronting this situation again, and he would like to see the immigration bill known as the Securing America’s Future Act, introduced by Representative Bob Goodlatte, attached to the legislation. Read more »


Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire:

“When Republicans pass a continuing resolution Obama refuses to sign, and the government shuts down, that’s Republicans’ fault. When they try to pass a continuing resolution and Democrats prevent that passage, that’s Republicans’ fault.”

Engaging in a little game theory, Mr. Shapiro observes that it’s “almost as though for the media, no matter what happens. Republicans are at fault for failures to fund the government.” Mr. Shapiro focuses his attention for the shutdown on the filibuster preventing a vote for a continuing resolution to reach the floor of the Senate. Read more »


Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post:

“If he were the chief executive of a private company, the president who was supposed to make government run like a business would be fired. In this case, that would only be a partial solution.”

Ms. Rubin does not reserve her ire for the executive branch alone. She sees a lack of responsibility across the board and feels “Congress’s utter dysfunction is wasting the taxpayers’ money and depriving taxpayers of the functional government their dollars have paid for.” Read more »


From the Left


If lawmakers fail to reach a deal, the government will shut down at midnight Friday night.

Erin Schaff for The New York Times

Errol Louis, CNN:

“So the scene is set for a government shutdown that nobody wants. It’s a case, all too common in Washington, where the needs of the politicians and those of the people are on a collision course.”

Like Ms. Rubin on the other side of the spectrum, Mr. Louis finds fault with the entire political system for the looming shutdown. And while he lays out the political calculus, he also establishes the stakes: “The government lost more than $2 billion during the last shutdown, and $24 billion was shaved from national economic output.” Read more »

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