September 19th, 2013
12:39 PM ET

Countdown to Possible US Government Shutdown

This morning on New Day: With 10 days left before a government shutdown, Republicans can't seem to figure out whether to attack the President, or each other.

Join us from 6-9am ET on CNN for the latest on GOP infighting.

To get caught up, check out CNN's Jim Acosta's report from yesterday in the above video.


It is 11 days to a possible government shutdown and this latest budget battle pitting Republicans in Congress against President Obama is becoming the stomach-turning sequel to the sequel, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

This time, the threat is all too real. Not only does the government run out of money on October 1st, the nation is set to hit the debt ceiling and go into default in mid-October. Together, they serve as a Washington dysfunction double-whammy the likes of which Americans have never seen before, according to Acosta.

For now, Republicans in Congress say they will only vote on a spending bill that de-funds Obamacare. But, that is not expected to go anywhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate, ramping up the likelihood of a shutdown at the end of the month.

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  1. B.L. Smith

    The issue truly isn't the Republican Party; rather, there isn't a recognition that the Speaker is 'leading' a coalition of political parties (Republicans and the Tea Party) that isn't recognized as such.

    In a parliamentary system, the Speaker would have to be representative of the majority of the House and have the responsibility to that group of representatives. If the Speaker ditched the Hastert Rule and started leading the House representing a coalition of Republicans and Democrats, the business of the people would be completed and the Tea Party (as the 3rd party in American politics) would have much less influence.

    Speaker Boehner would cement his legacy as a leader if he reformed his coalition in the House to include the responsible Republicans and Democrats who would come together to support any reasonable legislation reaching the floor of the House.

    September 20, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
  2. M T ODOM


    September 20, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
  3. CommonSense

    As for the know you're blind when you follow and love a law that was passed w/o ever being read or fully debated simply because you are a party member! What a joke. People free health-care and never stopped to ask how in the world it would be funded or any of the other particulars since the Goddess Pelosi said her infamous line!


    September 20, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
  4. Jay

    It's funny...republicans stand up for what they believe and they get flak. Democrats, the ones who want to take freedoms away, are all of a sudden gods. I don't think so. The fact that the man who really wanted Obamacare, Obama himself, should show you that it isn't a good deal. IF it's such a good deal, why are all the federal politicians exempt? Can someone answer that......

    September 20, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
  5. CommonSense

    Ok Libs pay attention, the Feds and state are conducted illegal things all the time. The govt cant (yet does) force you to buy a good or service. This includes Insurance!!! That is the issue and you Libs are ok with it...BIG BROTHER dictating 1 more thing we MUST DO or ELSE! I am not quite sure why you are ok with that? If they offer it to those who want it and they join fine, but to force others who dont want it and dont have any to pay for it through fines OOPS a TAX, is incredulous. This mess started with the feel ER law that was passed in the 1980s and it is coming back to haunt us now. When will people understand feel good legislation is the worst kind, it always comes back to haunt you!

    September 20, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  6. LeglizHemp

    The former Soviet Union broke apart after their war in Afganistan. Maybe the ultimate goal of the GOP is the breakup of the USA. Texas and Alaska seem to want to be countries on their own, Maybe other Red states do to.

    September 20, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  7. Pieter

    The GOP is determined to become irrelevant. Oh, wait.......they already are.

    September 20, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
  8. gary

    What is going to take for the people to get rid of the Republicans? They need to vote them all out in 2014. The Republican Governor's are doing in their State what they can't do Federally. So they figured out a way of fighting Obama this way because they didn't win the election. The people need to get out with pitchforks and demand their country back from the rich, corrupt politicans and corporations. Unions are the biggest help to the people. Fight for your rights back. DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO GET OUT AND VOTE – IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT THEM.

    September 20, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
  9. gary

    The Republican party has shown itself to be in the jaws of the corporations and the wealthy oligarchy. They has infiltrated the congress and senate with campaign funds provided by the above. Democracy has been usurped right under the noses of the public. Openly states are passing laws to restrict voting rights of minorities because they support the democrats. They gerymander districts to ensure their candidates have a better chance of winning. The Koch brothers and their billionaire minions pour money into elections at every level to influence elections. When will the American wake up and demand campaign funds be taken out of elections. It has ruined the country. It is corrupting the politicians who spend more time raising money than legislating. Why would any congressman be against foos stamps for the poor or for healthcare if he wasn't taking orders from his donors?They hate Obama because he is for the middle class and he sees the inequity of wealth in the country so he is a mortal threat to the rich who want to control the country so they can pass friendly laws to keep them rich. What a shame. And guns laws are another example of the control of lobbyists over politicians. Why would anyone object to background checks or eliminating auto weapons with the slaughter going on every day? Only answer is you are under the control of your donors. In other words the rich choose who is to run and when they win with their donations they get to rent a politician until the next campaign. That is what the politically appointed supreme court has done when it allowed unlimited campaign funds into elections. That is why getting that out of the system is the only way to restore real democracy.

    September 20, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  10. lexgreen

    We've seen this show before. So, let them have their shutdown. A bunch of people, already battered by a recession and a carefully engineered anemic recovery (thanks to the Sequester), will be furloughed. Capitol Hill noise will become even more bellicose and they will blame the President. The President himself won't have to do anything, since no legislation will even reach his desk. Financial Markets will begin to fall in the conext of the new uncertainty. Economic growth will slow even further. And, in the context of all this, some conservatives will decide to complain about how slow the recovery is going, and how so many people are on foodstamps today.

    Turn the page . . .

    September 20, 2013 at 8:51 am | Reply
  11. lexgreen

    We've seen this show before. So, let them have their shutdown. A bunch of people, already battered by a recession and a carefully engineered anemic recovery (thanks to the Sequester), will be furloughed. Capitol Hill noise will become even more bellicose and they will blame the President. The President himself won't have to do anything, since no legislation will even reach his desk. Financial Markets will begin to fall in the conext of the new uncertainty. Economic growth will slow even further. And, in the context of all this, some conservatives will decide to complain about how slow the recovery is going, and how so many people are on foodstampts today.

    Turn the page . . .

    September 20, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  12. ATL Guy

    The Republicans planned this all along. They have not passed any appropriations bills to fund the various government agencies as well. They're a willing to destroy the faith and credit of the US because they lost an ideological fight with the Democrats. If they're going to torpedo our economy because they lost the fight over healthcare, what will they do when the status qo on immigration and gun control changes and they lose those fights as well?

    September 20, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
  13. El Flaco

    Since 1932, Conservative propaganda has described our democratically elected federal government in the most horrible terms. They say that government takes away our freedoms, our president tries to make our school kids into socialists, and that our president is a foreign born radical Muslim who is intent on destroying America.

    Conservatives say that the government is anti-Christian and 25% of Republicans (Harris Polls) say that Obama is the Antichrist. He is presumably receiving instructions directly from Satan on a daily basis. Conservatives posting here refer to the elected President of the United States as Obomination, Obommunism, Obamasankus, Obama Bin Laden, and much worse.

    Conservatives say that government employees are pedophiles who grope the genitals of screaming little girls in airports. Conservatives say that government wants to take away our jobs and give them to illegal aliens while confiscating the wealth of hard-working Americans. Conservatives say that democratically elected government will ALWAYS morph into tyranny. Conservatives say that America’s democratically elected government was planning to snuff old people; Death Panels would be appointed to decide which elderly Americans would be allowed to live and which would be allowed to slowly die by the withholding of medication.

    If I was weak minded enough to believe all that nonsense, I would probably buy a gun myself, to protect my daughter from official federal child molesters and to protect my parents from being killed by federal assassins.

    These are all lies and they are transparent lies to the more thoughtful and educated among us, but the uneducated and the weak-minded actually believe them. Even Hitler was not so depraved as to recommend patricide as a national policy, yet Palin and many other nationally known Republicans kept hammering on the “Death Panel” lie because it stirred up the hayseeds, brought in donations, and generated applause.

    This generation of Conservative leaders has taught millions of American kids to hate their democratic institutions, hate government employees, and hate elected officials – all of whom they describe in the most vile terms. All of that hatred has to go somewhere. We read the delusions of Americans who have been brainwashed by Conservative Propaganda every day on these blogs. Conservatism is America’s biggest social problem.

    September 20, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
  14. cog in the wheel

    I've lost all respect for the GOP. The ACA is not perfect, I agree–but instead of working to improve it, the Repubs want to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    September 20, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  15. Shawn Roach

    If the government shuts down I will be unable to attend airborne school in the US army. They would not have the funds to send me and this would cut back not only on my training but on so many others.

    September 20, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
  16. Jack

    It is mind-boggling that we actually vote and pay for these people.

    September 20, 2013 at 7:09 am | Reply
  17. Jebbb

    Hold firm, my Republican brothers! Death to America! Sincerely, HQ/Al-Qaeda, somewhere on the Afghan/Pakistan frontier

    September 20, 2013 at 7:03 am | Reply
  18. Ricardo Williams

    The Republicans are building a reputation as a party of trouble makers. Just as the country seems to be making progress, here they come again disturbing the peace with their non-sense. I hope they understand this time it is not about ensuring President Obama is a "one term" president, but this time it is about ensuring the Republicans stand a chance in the 2016 elections. The nation is watching their actions closely and we won't forgive them if they shut things down.

    September 20, 2013 at 6:01 am | Reply
    • Senior

      Thank you Ricardo, very well put.

      September 20, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  19. Guest

    You know your party is amazing when the other party already won the battle and you're fighting tooth and nail against something thats already passed Congress and the Supreme Court.

    September 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply

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