Government Shutdown
There is a need to pass a bill extending routine government funding after a stopgap bill expires March 27. Without an extension, a partial government shutdown would occur. Congress must pass this spending bill, called a continuing resolution or “CR,” which would continue spending after Sept. 30, 2013, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. As it stands now, the government’s legal authority to borrow more money runs out in mid-October, 2013. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, if that date arrived on October 18, the Treasury “would be about $106 billion short of paying all bills owed between October 18 and November 15. The congressionally mandated limit on federal borrowing is currently set at $16.7 trillion. The debt limit has been raised 13 times since 2001 and has grown from about 55 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2001 to 102 percent of GDP last year.

Nancy Pelosi is spotted vacationing at Hawaii hotel that has a 'Spa Without Walls' during week-long government shutdown

from The Hill,

Nancy Pelosi is spotted vacationing at $899-a-night Hawaii hotel that has a 'Spa Without Walls' as White House blasts her for refusing to enter talks to end week-long government shutdown.

  • The likely speaker was seen vacationing on Tuesday at a luxury hotel
  • The government shutdown is in its seventh day
  • Incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney claimed Pelosi was holding back due to her own upcoming election
  • Repeatedly stressed that President Trump was in Washington working rather than golfing at Mar-a-Lago
  • Said Trump was 'heavily engaged' on a 'minute-by-minute basis'
  • Pelosi's office countered that they haven't heard from the White House since Dec. 11th
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