The deadline approaches: how likely is a government shutdown and what would it mean for CA?

Jan 18, 2018

Majority Leader Paul Ryan Holds Weekly Press Conference At The Capitol

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) answers questions on the possibility of a government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol on January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images


Republicans and Democrats continue talks on a short-term funding measure as the Friday government shutdown deadline approaches.

The House is planning to vote on a spending bill later today, and both the future of DACA and funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are significant issues on the negotiating table.

The last time we had a government shutdown was in 2013, lasted for 16 days and its impact reverberated from California’s National Parks tourism industry to its businesses.

What would a government shutdown portend for California? What’s the latest on negotiations? And if we do have a shutdown, which political party would be blamed?


Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News

John Woolfolk, general assignment reporter  for the Bay Area News Group, based at The Mercury News; he’s been following this story; he tweets @JohnWoolfolk1

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