Capitol Hill (CNN) – The government shutdown game is back on, predictably and awkwardly, the way bell-bottoms inevitably pop up on the scene every 15-20 years. (And this raises the odd side question of whether Speaker Boehner or Leader Reid ever wore bell-bottoms.)
Here’s your user-friendly guide to the deadlines, timelines and changing political battle lines in the fight right now. Note: American Sauce spent no government funds in producing this.
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March 4. The current government spending bill expires at the end of March 4.
Where are We Right Now?
Sorry Sunday talk shows, but chances are rising for a short-term deal that will avoid a shutdown on March 4.
Senate Democrats propose a 30-day extension of funding. House Speaker Boehner says his troops are also ready for a short extension, but with some cuts. Those cuts are still to be determined and will tell us how close or far apart the two sides remain.
Moves So Far
1. Feb. 15 – The President.
As House debates immediate spending cuts, President Obama pushes back. He tells reporters he doesn’t want a “series of symbolic cuts this year that could endanger the recovery.”
2. Feb. 19 – GOP.
The House passes a spending bill to cut $60 billion immediately and fund government through September.
3. Today, Feb. 22 – Democrats-GOP-GOP.
-Democrats: Senate leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announces Democrats are drafting a 30-day-extension of current spending.
-GOP 1: Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, responds that “keeping bloated spending levels in place…is simply unacceptable”.
-GOP 2: Then, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, releases a statement saying House Republicans will pass a short-term extension of spending but with some spending cuts. (Those spending cuts to be determined.)
Now: Negotiations continue behind-the-scenes. Speaker Boehner determines what his Republican caucus will accept.
Feb. 28: Congress returns from recess/district work week. This is when we’ll see the latest Republican, shorter-term proposal. And we’ll see Democratic counter offers, likely with a good deal of dueling quotes from both sides.
March 4: Again, the deadline to keep government funded. If history is a guide, expect a breakthrough deal March 3rd or 4th.
How To Keep Track?