Most Read: Politics

Federal Eye
Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/03/2011

Frequently asked questions about a government shutdown

The Federal Eye and colleague Paul Kane tackle some of the most probing questions regarding the possibility of a government shutdown in Sunday’s Post:

How long do they have to settle this?

The current funding resolution expires at midnight on April 8. So a shutdown would start Saturday, April 9. Since very few federal employees work on weekends, Congress could stay in session trying to finalize the spending plan to avoid a large-scale disturbance Monday morning.

The White House and congressional leaders are working on a deal that would slash about $33 billion from the federal budget, including $10 billion already cut by two other short-term measures, amounting to the largest reductions in U.S. history.

Several tea party-backed Republicans continue to favor a House-passed measure that would cut $61 billion in spending. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) may turn to moderate Democrats to help pass the compromise in the House, but such a move could compel conservative Republicans to vote against it.

President Obama said Friday it “would be the height of irresponsibility” to force a government shutdown, and urged all sides to quickly strike a deal.

Continue reading this story >>

By  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/03/2011

Categories:  Government Shutdown, From The Pages of The Post

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company