• How Long Will the Shutdown Last?
  • October 7, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • The shutdown that began on Monday night at midnight has now stretched to the end of the week, and the question on the minds of many observers is just how long this will last?

    While 19 Republicans have come forward to say they would support a clean CR, which makes it clear a clean CR would pass on the House floor if it were put forward, there is absolutely no indication that such a move is likely any time - if ever.

    While Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) was certainly no fan of the "defund Obamacare" approach, he nonetheless is now committed to this path. Allowing a clean CR on the floor would be a total surrender by Boehner and could threaten his speakership. For there to be some resolution, Boehner and House Republicans will need some sort of concession from Democrats and the White House that will allow Republicans to save face. What such a concession could be, particularly one that would be acceptable to the White House, remains to be seen. In the meantime, the shutdown continues.