Against the Grain

Both Parties Have Much to Lose in a Government Shutdown

Republicans would squander the economic good news boosting their party, while Democrats would jeopardize their chance at winning back the Senate.

From left, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole on Wednesday.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
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