Analysis: Republican Threats Of Government Shutdown Continue | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Analysis: Republican Threats Of Government Shutdown Continue

Play associated audio

Members of the House of Representatives return to Washington this week after a week off. They face a number of pressing issues, including debates about extending the debt ceiling and funding the federal government. All of that has prompted more threats of a government shutdown, which of course would have serious ramifications for federal employees and contracts in our area. David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, gives and analysis of the issues.

On how serious Republican threats of a government shutdown is this winter: "I have to say that this seems pretty serious. The rank and file Republicans are in somewhat of a more different and confrontational place than their leadership, which is where things were when the so-called fiscal cliff crisis was averted just after the last minute on New Year's. Speaker Boehner has set a very strict line in the sand. He says that he will not allow the debt limit to raise... his standard is a dollar of new borrowing authority for every dollar of spending cuts that the president permits. The president says he's not going to play that game. He's not going to negotiate the debt ceiling increase in the context of a budget deal."

On Reps. Gerry Connolly and Elijah Cummings holding a forum in Woodbridge to talk about election reform: "This seems to be somewhat of a parochial issue in our area. Yes, there were some big challenges at the polls in Virginia on Election Day. There does not seem to be equivalent problems for very many other states. The Congress did a rather comprehensive overhaul of election law after the disputed presidential election of 2000. It doesn't seem like this will become a top-tier issue this fall.

On Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia announcing he will not seek reelection in 2014: "He is emblematic of a generational turnover. Those who wonder about congressional term limits should be reminded that in the last six years, I think we now have 40 of the 100 senators that are in Washington are new to the Senate, just in the last six years. And so Jay Rockefeller will have been in public life for half a century. He will have been a senator for 30 years next year. He is not in the best health. And life as a senator is not any more fun for him than any other senator in this partisan era.

Listen to the full analysis here.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 1

Art inspires art in these two musicals based on a movie and a painting, respectively.

NPR

Mugs Aren't Just For Liquids, Make A Microwave Meal In Them

David Greene swaps recipes for cooking in a mug with Joe Yonan, author of the "Cooking for One" column for The Washington Post. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 25, 2013 on Morning Edition.)
WAMU 88.5

Jurors To Begin Considering McDonnell Case Tuesday

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen enters its sixth week this week — but with final arguments in the bag, it is now up to the jury to decide a verdict on 14 counts.

NPR

X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.