Earlier this month the New York Times reported that a Georgia Republican, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, indicated at a get together of social conservatives that a shutdown of the federal government could be in the offing if the GOP takes back the House in this year’s midterm elections.
During an exclusive interview (see video below) with Nebraska Watchdog, Steele said any talk of a shutdown could come early next year when budget discussions get underway. Asked if a shutdown would be a good idea, Steele did not directly answer the question noting he has “not been a part of those discussions.”
The last government shutdown occurred in late 1995 when President Bill Clinton and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich engaged in a political game of chicken. It was generally thought that Clinton and the Democrats got the better of that fight.
Reported by Joe Jordan, email@example.com
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