Nation Not Out Of Government Shutdown Woods Yet

Apr 13, 2011

In case you thought the risk of a government shutdown was past, think again.

NPR's David Welna reports that there's some anxiety on Capitol Hill that there could be a government shutdown if the latest stopgap expires and the compromise legislation to fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2011 doesn't pass beforehand.

As David put it in a note to some of us:

There's been some confusion about exactly when the stopgap "bridge" funding bill, passed hurriedly around midnight Friday to keep the government from shutting down while the 6-month compromise bill moves through Congress, is due to expire.

The bridge bill's funding authorization runs out at midnight on Friday evening, April 15. That's according to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

There is not complete confidence there won't be another shutdown drama this coming weekend, should the compromise bill get stalled by parliamentary tactics or insufficient votes. One clear sign of that is that a bill was put on the calendar in the Senate yesterday by Majority Leader Reid that would allow people to file their tax returns later than April 18 in case there's a government shutdown.

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