Experts Say Government Shutdown Is Likely

| by Sean Kelly
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With the government set to run out of money on Sept. 30, and amid several other deadlines and issues facing the country, Congress is reportedly looking at a possible government shutdown on Oct. 1.

According Peter Orszag, the former Congressional Budget Office head and Obama budget director, the chances of the government shutting down come the first of next month is “well over 50 percent," the Washington Post reported.

Some estimates find the likelihood to be much higher. With Republicans advocating for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the possibility of a shutdown — according to former Republican congressional budget aide Steve Bell — is 60 percent. 

“We're going to have this horrible mess, and we may or may not be able to pass the first (short-term budget) on time,” Bell said, according to The Washington Post.

With other debates and issues on the docket, including debates over military vs. domestic spending, Jim Manley -- a former high-ranking Senate Democrat aide to then-Majority Leader Harry Reid -- put the chances of a shutdown at 70 percent.

House Speaker John Boehner recently launched efforts to avert a government shutdown,and there is talk of a stopgap measure that would fund the government through December, reports New York magazine.

When asked by reporters whether or not he’d consider attaching language to said measure that would defund Planned Parenthood, Boehner said he hasn’t “made any decisions.”

Sources: The Washington Post, New York magazine

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