The possibility of a federal
government shutdown became more likely late last week.
That's when congressional Republicans voted to fund the government but not the implementation of Obama's healthcare law.
The October 1st deadline for the new fiscal year is drawing
closer. At this stage, there's a lot of finger
pointing, but no real solution. And for some that's a scary scenario.
you're a republican you're going to blame Obama and if you're a Democrat you're
going to blame the Republican house," said Dr. Robert Wright, Chair of
Political Economy at Augustana College.
got a divided government we've got challenges in front of us for me that's the
perfect time for all of us to sit down around the table and to make sure that
we deal with the problems that we have and all the parties take responsibility
and fixing it," said South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem.
Noem says she doesn't
want the government to shut down or go into default.
pretty clear that it would be unconstitutional for the government to willingly
knowingly default on the national debt if it has the means to pay and it does
currently have the means to pay," said Dr. Wright.
the government does default that could mean higher prices on imports, gasoline,
concerned about what it will do to our families especially those in the middle
class or poor or the working poor," said Rep. Noem.
can see the dollar taking a big tumble," said Dr. Wright, "Why don't you just
wait until Obamacare fails if you're so sure that it it's going to fail and
then you'll have more leverage and more support for making changes."
A new Poll from the Pew
Research Center shows that a majority of Americans, 57 percent, want lawmakers
and the president to be more willing to compromise.
really need the president to come to Congress and say we have to deal with our
debt ceiling but we also have to start recognizing what we've got to balance
our budget, that we got to more responsible with taxpayer dollars. So far he's
been unwilling to do that," said Rep. Noem.
The white house said Thursday
that Obama would veto the house spending resolution, defunding healthcare if it
reaches his desk.
The last shutdown happened in
1996. It lasted 28 days and, according to congressional researchers, cost the
nation more than $1 billion.
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