October 4th, 2013
02:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Government shutdown: What's the endgame?

Washington (CNN) - As the country goes into the weekend with the government shut down and neither side talking, there seems to be little hope for breaking the impasse any time soon.

And with the days ticking down toward the moment the country runs out of options to meet its debt obligations, the head-butting over funding the government might force Congress to try to work out a deal to get it running again and raise the debt ceiling at the same time.


Filed under: Government Shutdown
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  1. Anonymous

    Why attack Candy Crowley's physical attributes? She has nothing to do with the shutdown endgame.

    October 4, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    justanaverageguy "They're coming after Social Security and Medicare."

    1st Prize to you for Extreme Clarity! Instead of following the rule of law and government, if conservatives could just pull the plug on the poor and needy without all this messy procedure, they would. All you hear from them is the Obama conspiracy and evil take over, when in fact it might just be the other way around.

    defund = kill social programs
    limit government = make room for MY government
    freedom of religion = MY state run religion

    October 4, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Name Uche Agonsi

    Imagine what President Obama would have achieved for Americans without the political obstacles erected by these Repubs. Lead indicators favoured the economy, unemployment was going down irrespective of critics impression on the structure, a lot of political gains, foreign policy strides that thawed up of late with excitements, virtually everything. In the offing are infrastructures, energy, education, immigration, gun control, global warming, healthcare, others. The Repubs duty was simply to dismantle these benefits. Sympathetically, these Repubs have nothing for the majority Americans., only benefits for the rich. For these they are destroying everything Obama works for. Now with this their shutdown they have just within hours thrown over 800,000 Americans out of job with many many more to follow, a figure that would be more than the people they are protecting. But the worst of these undoings is that if you call them for the so-called negotiation what the will table will be nothing that will benefit majority of Americans, just for the rich. It is regrettable.

    October 4, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Don Back

    Story by John Goglia -

    FAA’s furlough of 3,000 aviation safety inspectors and NTSB’s furlough of its accident investigators may put the United States in default of its treaty obligations under the Chicago Convention and the obligations of member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Chicago Convention is the main aviation treaty setting the standards for air safety among the 192 contracting states of ICAO, an agency of the United Nations. Violating its treaty obligations could have significant repercussions for US airlines if the inspectors and investigators are not immediately put back to work.

    ICAO requires that the US have a system for insuring that all aircraft operating over its territory regardless of country of registry, and all US-registered aircraft wherever they operate, comply with applicable safety regulations. The FAA’s system requires adequate numbers of aviation safety inspectors. According to Loretta Alkalay, the FAA’s former top lawyer in NY, “it’s hard to imagine that the FAA can meet its ICAO obligations without 3000 inspectors. After all, it’s impossible to perform required surveillance and oversight functions without inspectors.”

    In addition to safety oversight, the US is required by ICAO to insure that persons who violate air safety regulations are prosecuted. It is these furloughed inspectors whose job it is to investigate and prepare violations of the federal aviation regulations for prosecution by the FAA’s lawyers (who are also largely furloughed by the government shutdown). The US is also required by ICAO to conduct accident and incident investigations. Furloughing NTSB accident investigators could run afoul of this requirement.

    Failure to comply with ICAO standards could have repercussions for US airlines. After all, the US has aggressively audited the Civil Aviation Authorities of ICAO member states. If a country’s CAA does not meet minimum standards, airline operations from that country to the US are limited and no new entrants are allowed. Among the areas looked at by the FAA in its audits of foreign countries is whether the CAAs have adequate infrastructure to insure proper compliance with safety requirements – that infrastructure includes adequate and properly qualified personnel.

    October 4, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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