Given that many Republicans, including Utah’s own Senator Mike Lee, practically ran on a platform of shutting down the federal government, the present situation is hardly unexpected. Nobody on Capitol Hill can agree on the FY 2011 budget, even though the fiscal year is half over.
David Dayen sums it up on FDL:
According to the latest information, the two sides are far apart… Lawmakers have a little over two weeks to resolve all of this, and it doesn’t seem possible to anyone, especially when the GOP House leadership reacts to any hint of compromise with a blistering statement disavowing it. And with members of both parties adamant against any more short-term stopgaps, there doesn’t seem to be any choice other than a shutdown.
Remember, this is just the FY2011 budget. The deadline for next year’s budget isn’t all that far away. And we’re about a month away from reaching the debt limit, another hostage-taking event.
A government shutdown? Really? In the midst of an economic slump and three major military operations overseas?
UPDATE: Caution, wrecking crew at work. Republicans Prepare To Reject Final White House Budget Offer
Previous One Utah posts:
Read Speaker Boehner’s Lips: Government Shutdown on March 5 (February 20, 2011)
Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown and Economic Catastrophe (November 1, 2010)