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UPDATE: Government Shutdown seems more likely as 11th hour on Budget bill is fast approaching

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Western Michigan University Political Science Professor Kevin Corder.
Western Michigan University Political Science Professor Kevin Corder.

WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) -- Is the Government headed toward another shut down? The U.S. Senate did what they said they would do, and approved a budget bill that strips out a provision to defund Obamacare.

The U.S. House countered early Sunday morning with a bill that would delay implementation of The Affordable Healthcare Act and strip out a key funding provision for the program a new tax on Medical equipment. 

It now goes back to the Senate where Democrats have already declared the changes dead-on-arrival. The Senate isn't scheduled to meet again until Monday Afternoon. 

Monday at midnight is the deadline that could result in a government shut down on Tuesday, October first the start of the new fiscal year.

WMU Poli Sci Professor Kevin corder says if the Government does shut down,  the longer it goes on, the messier it will get. He says the short term effect would be a lot of federal furloughs and a lot of inconveniences for those directly seeking federal services.

He says if days stretch to weeks, it could begin to impact the entire economy, some suggesting it could shave a full percent off the gross national product.

Corder says what makes this one different is that the issue in contention isn’t germane to the budget, it’s the tea party’s opposition to Obamacare.

Call it the pentultimate game of Chicken, because we still have the debt ceiling crisis ahead, and Obamacare is expected to be thrown into the breach again.

 ANN ARBOR (WKZO) -- With a government shutdown looming, consumers' sentiment is the lowest it's been since April.

The latest poll from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters showed consumer pessimism about the economy continues to mount.

The sentiment measurement fell in September for the second straight month after hitting a six-year high in July.

If Congress actually fails to avoid a government shutdown, it’s expected to fall even further.

 

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