State of Play: The Government Is Shut Down

Welcome to the shutdown. Here’s how we got here.

People stand in front of the White House on eve of the government shutdown.
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Matt Berman
Sept. 30, 2013, 2 a.m.

The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has shut down.

Des­pite a month of de­bate and a week of frantic le­gis­lat­ive man­euv­er­ing, Con­gress was un­able to bridge its fun­da­ment­al schism: Sen­ate Demo­crats pledged not to pass any budget bill that cut in­to Obama­care, and Re­pub­lic­ans prom­ised they’ll re­ject any bill that didn’t.

Neither side blinked, and so — for the first time in 17 years — the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment will go un­fun­ded.

House Re­pub­lic­ans’ last-ditch bid to reach a deal col­lapsed Monday night when Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id re­jec­ted their call to ne­go­ti­ate over a GOP bill that would keep the gov­ern­ment fun­ded but would bar health­care sub­sidies for mem­bers of Con­gress, their staffs, the Pres­id­ent, his cab­in­et and polit­ic­al ap­pointees.

Re­id re­jec­ted the of­fer, say­ing he would enter budget ne­go­ti­ations only after the House passed his party’s bill to keep the gov­ern­ment open.

The House will re­main in ses­sion un­til 3 a.m. Tues­day morn­ing, but the sun will rise Tues­day on a closed fed­er­al gov­ern­ment: Re­id shuttered the Sen­ate shortly after mid­night, say­ing his col­leagues would not re­turn un­til 9:30 Tues­day morn­ing.

Here’s a full re­cap of how we got here on Monday. More to come.

Con­tri­bu­tions from Tim Al­berta, Matt Ber­man, Mi­chael Cata­lini, Tom De­Frank, Cath­er­ine Hol­lander, Billy House, Elahe Iz­adi, Mar­ina Koren, Patrick Re­is and Dustin Volz

UP­DATE: 12:16 a.m.: The Sen­ate Is Done, the House Is Not

As the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment shut down, shortly after mid­night, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id an­nounced on the floor that the Sen­ate would re­cess un­til Tues­day morn­ing at 9:30 a.m.

With the House set to vote later in the night on a meas­ure that will in­sist on their res­ol­u­tion and call for a con­fer­ence, Re­id said the Sen­ate would re­turn to­mor­row and vote to table the House’s re­quest. “The ball is in their court,” Sen. Chuck Schu­mer, D-N.Y., said of House Re­pub­lic­ans. (By Shane Gold­mach­er and Mi­chael Cata­lini)

UP­DATE: 11:50 p.m.: It’s a Shut­down

The Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Budget has sent out a memo call­ing on fed­er­al agen­cies to “ex­ecute plans for an or­derly shut­down due to the ab­sence of ap­pro­pri­ations.” OMB Dir­ect­or Sylvia Bur­well called on Con­gress to “act quickly to pass a Con­tinu­ing Res­ol­u­tion,” but as we’ve all learned today, that’s just a funny joke that isn’t yet hap­pen­ing. If you put your money on shut­down, con­grat­u­la­tions. If you’re a gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ee, now’s the time to find out just how es­sen­tial you are. (Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE 11:28 p.m.: Latest From the House Rules Com­mit­tee

House Rules Com­mit­tee Chair­man Pete Ses­sions, R-Tex., said Monday night that House Re­pub­lic­ans are hop­ing to bring all sides to the ne­go­ti­at­ing table and re­solve the two-cham­ber dif­fer­ences. But even be­fore the com­mit­tee was to form­ally vote on the go-to-con­fer­ence meas­ure, shortly after 11 p.m., Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., shot it down. And it wasn’t just Sen­ate Demo­crats giv­ing Ses­sions prob­lems. House Rules Com­mit­tee top Demo­crat Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., called the meas­ure an­oth­er Re­pub­lic­an “fancy two-step.”The form­a­tion of a con­fer­ence would en­tail the ap­point­ment of some House Re­pub­lic­ans and Demo­crats, and Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans and Demo­crats, to hash out budget dif­fer­ences. But the pro­ced­ures in­volved ““ and the ne­go­ti­ations — could not be ac­com­plished be­fore the shut­down dead­line. Demo­crats were fur­ther out­raged that House Re­pub­lic­ans were push­ing such a pro­pos­al after hav­ing re­fused for months to go to con­fer­ence on a full-year’s budget. (By Billy House)

UP­DATE: 11:05 p.m.: Re­id: “We Will Not Go to Con­fer­ence Un­til We Get a Clean CR”

So says the Sen­ate ma­jor­ity lead­er on the Sen­ate floor. Speak­ing of the Re­pub­lic­ans, Re­id said that “they want to close gov­ern­ment.” After Re­id, Sen. Chuck Schu­mer came to the floor to back up his lead­er. “I kind of feel sorry for Speak­er Boehner,” the New York Demo­crat sad. Both sen­at­ors, speak­ing largely from the same talk­ing points, said that they wouldn’t go to a con­fer­ence with a gun to their col­lect­ive head.

Up next: A press con­fer­ence with Nancy Pelosi at 11:15. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE: 10:54 p.m. — Yeah … we’re shut­ting down.

House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor tweeted to mem­bers that the House will vote to­night on a mo­tion that con­tains the anti-Obama­care CR amend­ments they passed earli­er this even­ing and a re­quest for a con­fer­ence with the Sen­ate. We don’t know yet who will be in the con­fer­ence, or even if the Sen­ate will ac­cept such a deal this late in the game.

But, with only an hour to go un­til a shut­down is of­fi­cial, it looks like the gov­ern­ment won’t be fun­ded after mid­night. Now we’ll have to wait to see how long it’ll last. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE 10:31 p.m. — 1.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Obama Signs Pay Our Mil­it­ary Bill

Around 10 p.m. Monday night, Pres­id­ent Obama signed in­to law the Pay Our Mil­it­ary Act, le­gis­la­tion that provides con­tinu­ing ap­pro­pri­ations for pay for the mil­it­ary, shut­down or no shut­down. Con­gress passed the bill earli­er today. (By Mar­ina Koren)

UP­DATE: 10:30 p.m. — 1.5 Hours to Shut­down: To­wards a Con­fer­ence?

A new po­ten­tial path for­ward emerged late Monday in the Sen­ate. A bi­par­tis­an group of sen­at­ors tried to forge a new con­sensus around go­ing to con­fer­ence with the House late Monday. But in or­der for that to work, the House and Sen­ate lead­ers would have to both agree.

“What we are try­ing to fig­ure out is what the House is able to do,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski told Na­tion­al Journ­al. “It’s really easy to do Monday morn­ing quar­ter­back­ing from here.”

Asked wheth­er she thinks the group would avert a shut­down she said, “No,” but crossed her fin­gers so a re­port­er was cer­tain to see. Murkowski also ac­know­ledged that the plan would be polit­ic­ally risky for House Speak­er John Boehner.

“Boy oh boy, if we had the plan, we’d get it over to the House,” she said.

The House Rules Com­mit­tee is sched­uled to meet now to dis­cuss a con­fer­ence.

Nine sen­at­ors, in­clud­ing Rob Port­man, R-Ohio, James Risch, R-Idaho, Jeanne, Shaheen, D-N.H., Bar­bara Mikul­ski, D-Md., John Ho­even, R-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Ron Kirk, R-Ill, and Murkowski huddled on the Sen­ate floor among them­selves. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

UP­DATE: 10:00 p.m. — 2 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Sen. Cornyn: Shut­down’s Com­ing

Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Re­pub­lic­an in the Sen­ate, said he’s heard the House Re­pub­lic­ans may vol­ley over yet an­oth­er bill to fund the gov­ern­ment that Sen­ate Demo­crats would likely re­ject, this time at­tach­ing a pro­vi­sion re­lated to med­ic­al device tax in the health care law.Asked if he thought the gov­ern­ment would shut down, he told Na­tion­al Journ­al, “I do.”

“I feel like that’s what Sen­at­or Re­id and the pres­id­ent want,” he said. (By Shane Gold­mach­er)

UP­DATE: 9:35 p.m. — 2.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Sen. Schu­mer to Re­pub­lic­ans: It’s Time to Aban­don Cruz

With the con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion back in the hands of the House, Sen. Chuck Schu­mer, D.-N.Y., said late Monday that it’s time for that cham­ber’s Re­pub­lic­ans to take a leaf out of Peter King’s book. The Re­pub­lic­an rep­res­ent­at­ive aban­doned his party’s plan today and voted to table the House’s latest CR.

“There are large num­bers in the Re­pub­lic­an House caucus who know this is wrong,” Schu­mer told Rachel Mad­dow on MS­N­BC. “Very few have the cour­age of Pete King to stand up and say so. But privately, they ad­mit it. And I think that — god for­bid, we shut down the gov­ern­ment — there is go­ing to be such a re­ac­tion against them that they’re go­ing to have to back off, hope­fully after a few days.” Schu­mer said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is keep­ing House Re­pub­lic­ans un­der his thumb, “even though [they] know it’s wrong, [they] know it’s ir­ra­tion­al.”

A clean CR could pull some Re­pub­lic­ans out from un­der the pres­sure Schu­mer claims is for­cing them to vote along party lines. (By Mar­ina Koren)

UP­DATE: 9:35 p.m. — 2.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Mc­Cain: Amer­ic­ans “Will Blame Con­gress”

Sen. John Mc­Cain said to­night that Con­gress will ul­ti­mately bear the brunt of pub­lic blame if the gov­ern­ment shuts down after mid­night.

“The Amer­ic­an people will blame Con­gress,” the Ari­zona sen­at­or told CNN’s Piers Mor­gan. “That’s not some clair­voy­ance on my point, that’s polling data.”

Mc­Cain, who offered some de­fense to House Re­pub­lic­ans who are still at­tempt­ing to de­fund Obama­care be­cause they “cam­paigned on and said they would go to Wash­ing­ton” to re­peal it, also warned that this shut­down could be more severe than pre­vi­ous ones.

“The im­pact of the shut­down of the gov­ern­ment, since we haven’t passed a single ap­pro­pri­ations bill, will be more im­me­di­ate and im­pact­ful,” Mc­Cain said. He main­tained that ef­forts by the House GOP would con­tin­ue to be fruit­less.

“I’ve seen this movie be­fore. We will not re­peal Obama­care, at least in this fash­ion.” (By Dustin Volz)

UP­DATE: 9:12 p.m. — 3 Hours Un­til Shut­down: The Sen­ate Kills What It Said It’d Kill

The Sen­ate voted shortly after 9 p.m. along party lines to table the House CR amend­ments that delayed the in­di­vidu­al man­date for a year and elim­in­ated health care sub­sidies for some gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. From here, the House has to de­cide what to next. While there are some in­dic­a­tions that the House could pass yet an­oth­er anti-Obama­care CR doomed to swift death, there are ink­lings that House lead­er­ship could be pre­par­ing to ac­tu­ally pass a clean CR to pre­vent a shut­down. This is when the night gets fun.

UP­DATE 8:45— 3 Hours to Shut­down: Next Up in the House? Try Again.

The Sen­ate has pledged to vote down House Re­pub­lic­ans third con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion aimed at at­tack­ing Obama­care, but GOP lead­er­ship is already con­sid­er­ing a fourth CR that would in­clude cuts to Obama­care, tweets Na­tion­al Re­view‘s Jonath­an Strong.

UP­DATE: 8:39 p.m.—3.5 Hours to Shut­down: The House Passes an­oth­er CR for the Sen­ate to Kill

The House passed its budget res­ol­u­tion 228-201 that in­cludes an amend­ment that would delay the in­di­vidu­al man­date and elim­in­ate health care sub­sidies for some gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees.

12 Re­pub­lic­ans joined 189 Demo­crats in op­pos­ing the res­ol­u­tion: Mike Ro­gers, R-Ala., Thomas Massie, R-Kan­sas, Joe Bar­ton, R-Texas, Charlie Dent, R-Penn., Kay Granger, R-Texas, Pete King, R-N.Y., Paul Broun, R-Ga., Mario Diaz-Bal­art, R-Fla., Rick Craw­ford, R-Ala., Steve King, R-Iowa, R-Ga., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Michele Bach­mann, R-Minn., and Phil Gin­grey, R-Ga.

9 Demo­crats joined 219 Re­pub­lic­ans in sup­port of the res­ol­u­tion: Ron Barber, D-Ar­iz., John Bar­row, D-Ga., Dan Maf­fei, D-N.Y., Sean Malo­ney, D-N.Y., Jim Math­eson, D-Utah, Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., Raul Ruiz, D-Cal­if., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ar­iz., and Steven Horsford, D-Nev. (By Matt Ber­man, Billy House, Patrick Re­is and Mi­chael Cata­lini)

UP­DATE: 8:25 p.m.—3.5 Hours to Shut­down: King “Blame Cruz for Any Shut­down”

 Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has openly broken ranks with his party’s plan to again pass budget le­gis­la­tion at­tack­ing Obama­care, say­ing he would vote against Re­pub­lic­ans’ latest it­er­a­tion of a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion — and blast­ing the highest-pro­file mem­ber of the “De­fund Obama­care” move­ment. Chris Moody of Ya­hoo! News writes: “King [said] that if the gov­ern­ment did shut down, one man would be re­spons­ible. ‘Ted Cruz should be blamed,’ King said. ‘And any­body that fol­lows him.’”

UP­DATE: 8:17 p.m.—4 Hours Un­til Shut­down: The House Votes Again

The House is now vot­ing on the budget pro­pos­al that would delay the in­di­vidu­al man­date and strip health care sub­sidies for some gov­ern­ment work­ers. It’s a fif­teen minute vote. From there, the bill will likely move to the Sen­ate, where Sen­ate Demo­crats say they will move to table the House GOP Obama­care amend­ment and send back a clean CR.

At that point, things get tense. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE: 8:13 p.m.—4 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Obama “Proud” Of Re­id, Sen­ate Demo­crats

Pres­id­ent Obama called Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id to­night to dis­cuss fund­ing the gov­ern­ment, ac­cord­ing to a Sen­ate Demo­crat­ic aide. Obama told Re­id he was “proud of the Demo­crat­ic caucus for be­ing united and fight­ing for the af­ford­able care act,” the aide said.

The com­ment serves Demo­crat­ic goals of cast­ing a uni­fied front as Sen­ate and House Re­pub­lic­ans have ar­gued about the best ap­proach to gain lever­age in the de­bate over fund­ing the gov­ern­ment.

Sen­ate Demo­crats have con­sist­ently stressed their unity, and Re­id has been clear about tele­graph­ing his next move: strip­ping the Obama­care lan­guage from any­thing the House passes and pitch­ing a clean CR back to the lower cham­ber. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

UP­DATE: 8:12 p.m.—4 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Bach­mann: “We Need To Do Something That Will Ac­tu­ally Stop Obama­care”

Rep. Michele Bach­mann, R-Minn., one of the six Re­pub­lic­ans who voted against the pro­ced­ur­al meas­ure to bring the House CR to the floor, ex­plained that she could not sup­port a bill that does noth­ing to stop Obama­care from tak­ing root to­mor­row.

“All this bill does — it’s a so-called ‘delay’ of the in­di­vidu­al man­date for one year,” Bach­mann told re­port­ers after re­cord­ing her vote. “We need to do something that will ac­tu­ally stop Obama­care from go­ing in­to ef­fect; this bill does not ac­com­plish that.”

There were re­ports that up to 20 House Re­pub­lic­ans were or­ches­trat­ing an at­tempt to tor­pedo the bill be­fore it hit the floor. It seemed pos­sible after this af­ter­noon’s GOP con­fer­ence meet­ing, which saw sev­er­al con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers — and also some mod­er­ates — look­ing vis­ibly un­happy with lead­er­ship’s plan.

But ac­cord­ing to Bach­mann, Re­pub­lic­ans of all ideo­lo­gic­al stripe were fly­ing blind in­to the pro­ced­ur­al vote, with lead­er­ship ap­par­ently un­aware of who would be vot­ing which way and why. “No one knew, be­cause when we left con­fer­ence there wasn’t a vote, and of course there hasn’t been time to whip,” Bach­mann ex­plained. “So this was, I think, kind of a roll of the dice.” (By Tim Al­berta)

UP­DATE: 8:10 p.m.—4 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Boehner Takes the Floor

Speak­er Boehner took the floor full of en­ergy, de­mand­ing that the Sen­ate agrees to his new CR plan in the name of fair­ness. “All the Sen­ate has to do is say yes and the gov­ern­ment is fun­ded to­mor­row,” he said.

The speak­er, who has at times struggled to keep his caucus in line, left the floor to ap­plause.

And yes, he also did a pretty me­diocore im­pres­sion of Pres­id­ent Obama. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE: 7:58 p.m.—4 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Giv­ing to Char­ity

Sen. Ted Cruz says he will donate his salary to char­ity if there’s a gov­ern­ment shut­down, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from his of­fice.

Cruz is blam­ing Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id for the shut­down, ar­guing that the Nevadan is not com­prom­ising over Obama­care.

“Elec­ted lead­ers should not be treated bet­ter than the Amer­ic­an people, which is pre­cisely why hard­work­ing Amer­ic­ans de­serve the same Obama­care ex­cep­tion that Pres­id­ent Obama has already gran­ted Mem­bers of Con­gress,” Cruz said in a state­ment.

Mem­bers of Con­gress, along with the pres­id­ent, pres­id­en­tial ap­pointees and Su­preme Court justices, are guar­an­teed paychecks dur­ing shut­downs. Re­pub­lic­an rep­res­ent­at­ives from Cruz’s state fol­lowed in his step quickly, with Blake Far­enthold writ­ing Monday night that he asked the House Chief Ad­min­is­trat­ive Of­ficer to with­hold his pay, and Bill Flores, say­ing he would donate each day’s pay to re­duce the fed­er­al debt.

An email to Cruz’s of­fice ask­ing which char­ity he will donate to has not been answered yet. We’ll up­date when we hear back. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini and Mar­ina Koren)

UP­DATE: 7:17 p.m.—5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: House GOP Re­volt Shut Down

A 225-204 vote in fa­vor of the rule for de­bate on the House CR amend­ments cleared a pos­sible re­volt from mod­er­ates who want to pre­vent a shut­down and con­ser­vat­ives fully op­posed to Obama­care. Only six Re­pub­lic­ans joined Demo­crats in op­pos­i­tion.

Those op­pos­ing: Michele Bach­mann, Steve King, Louie Gohmert, Paul Broun, Charlie Dent, and Pete King. It’s a weird co­ali­tion, with the first four be­ing far to the right of the last two. Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., thought earli­er this af­ter­noon he could have around 25 mod­er­ate Re­pub­lic­ans join­ing him. It’s not clear what happened to his plan, but we ima­gine there was some severe pres­sure from lead­er­ship. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE: 7:12 p.m.—5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Con­ser­vat­ive Poll: For­cing Con­gress In­to Health Ex­changes Is Pop­u­lar

As House Re­pub­lic­ans con­sider in­sert­ing a pro­vi­sion to force mem­bers of Con­gress and their staffs to get health in­sur­ance through the new Obama­care ex­changes set to open Tues­day, the con­ser­vat­ive Amer­ic­an Ac­tion For­um has re­leased a poll of con­gres­sion­al swing dis­tricts show­ing the idea is a win­ner, at least polit­ic­ally. In the sur­vey, con­duc­ted last week, 56 per­cent of re­spond­ents said they would be in fa­vor of in­clud­ing such a pro­vi­sion in a gov­ern­ment fund­ing bill. Still, the poll re­quires some caveats. The sur­vey asked if voters would like to “re­move Con­gress’s ex­emp­tion from Obama­care” — a loaded phras­eo­logy. Still, the sur­vey shows the polit­ic­al po­ten­tial for Re­pub­lic­ans of ham­mer­ing Con­gress, as Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter, R-La., has, on the is­sue of not re­ceiv­ing their health be­ne­fits through the new law and its po­tency in the cur­rent gov­ern­ment fund­ing fight. The Amer­ic­an Ac­tion For­um has pos­ted the poll res­ults here. (By Shane Gold­mach­er)

UP­DATE: 6:54 p.m.—5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Obama and Boehner Speak

For the first time in over a week, Pres­id­ent Obama and Speak­er Boehner have had a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion. That in-and-of-it­self doesn’t sound like much, but with the shut­down clocks tick­ing, it may wind up mean­ing a lot.

And, hey, Obama has had some ser­i­ous re­cent suc­cess with phone calls. But, alas, per Fox News‘ Chad Per­gram, the ten minute call yiel­ded no break­throughs.  (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE: 6:46 p.m.—5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: The GOP Mod­er­ate Re­volt

A col­lec­tion of cent­rist House Re­pub­lic­ans are threat­en­ing to tor­pedo Boehner’s plan to send the Sen­ate a third con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion that at­tacks Obama­care, Na­tion­al Re­view re­ports. The group, led by New York­ers Peter King and Mi­chael Grimm, wants to avert a shut­down by passing the Sen­ate’s budget ex­ten­sion, and they op­pose their fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans’ strategy of us­ing the threat of a gov­ern­ment shut­down to at­tack the health care law.

“If Obama­care is as bad as we say it’s go­ing to be, then we should pick up a lot of seats in the next elec­tion and we should win the pres­id­ency in 2016,” King said Monday. “This idea of go­ing through the side door to take something you lost through the front door — to me, it’s wrong.”

For Boehner, a re­volt from mod­er­ates would mean at­tack from all sides. His party’s right flank — which has openly de­fied Boehner on sev­er­al key votes since their 2010 as­cen­sion — says the most re­cent it­er­a­tion of the Obama­care at­tack doesn’t do enough to wound the law.

And if the party’s cent­rists won’t back it either, Alaska Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Don Young may prove proph­et­ic. Asked about the GOP’s next move earli­er Monday af­ter­noon, Young said that, right now, Re­pub­lic­ans “don’t have the votes to do any­thing.” (By Patrick Re­is)

UP­DATE: 6:43 p.m.—5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Sen. Crapo on a Shut­down’s Sil­ver-Lin­ing

With very few hours to go be­fore mid­night, Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Mike Crapo called in­to KBLI ra­dio sta­tion in his home state of Idaho. He re­called the gov­ern­ment shut­downs of 1995 and 1996, and said a sim­il­ar situ­ation today may not ne­ces­sar­ily be a bad thing — at least for the GOP plat­form. After the last shut­downs, “the Re­pub­lic­ans and the pres­id­ent did fi­nally have to come to­geth­er be­cause there was dam­age be­ing done and we all felt that the kind of pro­gress we were try­ing to achieve could be achieved in in­cre­ments,” Crapo said. Pro­gress fol­lowed soon after, he said, in the form of a bal­anced-budget deal in 1997 that con­ser­vat­ives took cred­it for.

“The bot­tom line is, you gotta, I think, be real­ist­ic and re­cog­nize that shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment — as much as it would be very help­ful in some con­text to be able to trim the gov­ern­ment — it’s not something that can be sus­tained forever,” Crapo said. (By Mar­ina Koren)

UP­DATE: 6:36 p.m.—5.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Ted Cruz Hits CNN

Sen. Ted Cruz ac­cused Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id of want­ing to force a gov­ern­ment shut­down and de­fen­ded House Re­pub­lic­ans as will­ing to com­prom­ise dur­ing an even­ing ap­pear­ance on CNN.

“I think Harry Re­id af­firm­at­ively wants a gov­ern­ment shut­down,” the Texas fresh­man told Wolf Blitzer. “The House has been work­ing to try to ne­go­ti­ate a com­prom­ise, and the prob­lem has been Harry Re­id and the pres­id­ent.”

Cruz said that House Re­pub­lic­ans have shown an abil­ity to com­prom­ise by try­ing at first to de­fund Obama­care and then try­ing to only delay its im­ple­ment­a­tion for one year. He also cri­ti­cized Obama for be­ing “will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with the Ir­a­ni­ans but not Re­pub­lic­ans” on the budget battles.

Blitzer asked Cruz what he wanted to get out of the budget crisis and pushed him to give a “real plan” for a way for­ward. Cruz at first re­lied on his usu­al talk­ing points, but when pushed again said the House should pass a series of nar­row con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tions that spe­cific­ally fund the crit­ic­al ser­vices Obama warned would shut down be­gin­ning at mid­night.

“Let’s one at a time demon­strate a bi­par­tis­an co­oper­a­tion that we saw today with the mil­it­ary. If the pres­id­ent is will­ing to roll up his sleeves and work we can deal with the con­sequences,” Cruz said.

“Spe­cif­ic pro­pos­al com­ing in from Sen. Cruz,” a seem­ingly sur­prised Blitzer re­spon­ded be­fore end­ing the in­ter­view. (By Dustin Volz)

UP­DATE: 6:21—5.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: House Bill Gets Rare RSC En­dorse­ment

It ap­pears House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship is pulling out the stops to make sure its third CR pro­pos­al passes, even en­list­ing the eld­ers of the Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee — a caucus of 175 con­ser­vat­ives who of­ten op­pose lead­er­ship’s ef­forts — to is­sue a state­ment of sup­port for the le­gis­la­tion.

In a rare col­lect­ive en­dorse­ment, the RSC is­sued a state­ment Monday af­ter­noon an­noun­cing that mem­bers of the group’s in­flu­en­tial steer­ing com­mit­tee “un­an­im­ously” sup­port the short-term fund­ing bill, which is head­ing to the House floor this even­ing for a highly-an­ti­cip­ated vote.

“This bill en­sures that all Mem­bers of Con­gress and the White House will fi­nally have to live by the same laws that have been passed, just like all Amer­ic­ans,” RSC Chair­man Steve Scal­ise said in a state­ment. “Either Obama­care is good enough that it should ap­ply to all or it is so bad that it should ap­ply to none. It is time for the sweet­heart deals and back­room ex­emp­tions to end.”

The RSC’s pub­lic state­ment of sup­port — some would call it a whip­ping ef­fort — comes hours after Scal­ise told Na­tion­al Journ­al that he would vote for the bill. By an­noun­cing to RSC mem­bers that mem­bers of the group’s well-re­spec­ted steer­ing com­mit­tee “un­an­im­ously” sup­port the le­gis­la­tion, Scal­ise is openly at­tempt­ing to de­liv­er the right flank of the con­fer­ence for Boehner and his lead­er­ship team.

The RSC does not dis­close the mem­bers of its steer­ing com­mit­tee, but sev­er­al are known to Na­tion­al Journ­al, which re­cently pub­lished an ex­tens­ive re­port on the group’s his­tory and cur­rent op­er­a­tion. Among the most prom­in­ent mem­bers of this RSC lead­er­ship group are three highly-re­spec­ted former chair­men: Jim Jordan of Ohio, Tom Price of Geor­gia and Jeb Hensarling of Texas.

Rep. Paul Ry­an, R-Wisc., a long­time RSC mem­ber and former vice pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee, is also a known mem­ber of the RSC steer­ing com­mit­tee, and is­sued a state­ment of sup­port for the plan earli­er this af­ter­noon.

Those five mem­bers — Scal­ise, Jordan, Price, Hensarling and Ry­an — are per­haps the five most in­flu­en­tial con­ser­vat­ives in Con­gress, and were called upon at the be­gin­ning of the 113th Con­gress to bridge the di­vide between Boehner and the Re­pub­lic­an rank-and-file. With a gov­ern­ment shut­down loom­ing, and some con­ser­vat­ives openly ques­tion­ing the GOP’s latest fund­ing meas­ure, it’s a sign of these des­per­ate times that mem­bers of the Con­ser­vat­ive Jedi Coun­cil are en­deavor­ing once again to de­liv­er Boehner the votes he needs from the right wing of his House GOP. (By Tim Al­berta)

UP­DATE 5:56—6 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Re­pub­lic­ans: Amer­ic­ans Are on Our Side

On the floor and out­side the Cap­it­ol, Re­pub­lic­ans have spent the day cit­ing the Amer­ic­an people’s dis­ap­prov­al of the Af­ford­able Care Act as the reas­on for the near-dead­line stan­doff in Con­gress. Ac­cord­ing to a CNN/ORC poll re­leased Monday morn­ing, 57 per­cent of Amer­ic­ans say they op­pose the health law. However, nearly two-thirds of those sur­veyed said they wer­en’t aware that on­line health in­sur­ance ex­changes were set to open Tues­day, and half thought the law cre­ated a gov­ern­ment-run in­sur­ance plan that would com­plete with private plans. (By Mar­ina Koren)

UP­DATE 5:53—6 Hours Un­til Shut­down: The Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans’ Box

Like a ten­nis cham­pi­on se­cure in the know­ledge he can safely re­turn his op­pon­ent’s vol­ley, Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., is wait­ing on the House to send the Sen­ate an­oth­er amend­ment to keep the gov­ern­ment run­ning.

When — if — the House does send the Sen­ate its next it­er­a­tion of a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion, Re­id will move to table the meas­ure, ac­cord­ing to a Demo­crat­ic Sen­ate aide. It will be the third time Re­id has punted back the CR to the House since Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cam­paigned to pres­sure Demo­crats to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act.

This raises a ques­tion: In the Sen­ate, home of the fili­buster, why won’t Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans rise up and block Re­id? Aside from the po­ten­tial of get­ting beaned with a hot polit­ic­al potato, there’s a pro­ced­ur­al reas­on.

Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans won’t be able to block Re­id from mov­ing to table the bill, ac­cord­ing to Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic aides, be­cause of par­lia­ment­ary cour­tesy ex­ten­ded to Re­id by the rules that al­low him “first re­cog­ni­tion,” ac­cord­ing to Demo­crat­ic and Re­pub­lic­an Sen­ate aides.

That ex­plains why Re­id moved to vote as soon as the Sen­ate con­vened today, and it also ex­plains why Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans have been largely reti­cent today about talk­ing about their next move. Ab­sent per­suad­ing their Demo­crat­ic col­leagues to break ranks, there’s not a whole lot they can do. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

UP­DATE 5:45—6 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Power­ful Con­ser­vat­ive Groups Split on House GOP Pro­pos­al

Wash­ing­ton’s two most in­flu­en­tial con­ser­vat­ive ad­vocacy groups split today on the House Re­pub­lic­an CR pro­pos­al, with the Club for Growth back­ing the plan and Her­it­age Ac­tion for Amer­ica op­pos­ing it.

In a late af­ter­noon email to law­makers, Club for Growth VP of Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs Andy Roth an­nounced his or­gan­iz­a­tion would be key-vot­ing in fa­vor of the budget bill, in­form­ing law­makers that the vote “will be in­cluded in the Club’s 2013 Con­gres­sion­al Score­card.”

Neither Roth nor Club for Growth spokes­man Barney Keller offered an ex­plan­a­tion of the group’s sup­port.

Mean­while, Her­it­age Ac­tion re­leased a state­ment around the same time an­noun­cing its op­pos­i­tion to the House meas­ure — quickly adding, however, that it would not key-vote against it.

“Much like the rest of Obama­care, the in­di­vidu­al man­date and staffer ex­emp­tion are bad policy, but the pro­posed changes would not keep the law from tak­ing root,” read a state­ment from Her­it­age Ac­tion. “For that reas­on, Her­it­age Ac­tion op­poses the amend­ment, but will not key vote against it.”

The de­cision by Club for Growth to key-vote in fa­vor of the bill — and Her­it­age Ac­tion’s call not to is­sue a key-vote des­pite its op­pos­i­tion — could ease the con­cerns of Mc­Carthy and his vote-count­ing team. With plenty of House con­ser­vat­ives already un­easy about the pro­pos­al, a key-vote against it from one (or both) of these groups could have spelled doom for the last-minute le­gis­la­tion. (By Tim Al­berta)

UP­DATE: 5:30—6.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Key Re­pub­lic­an Hints At Last-Second Deal

Rules Com­mit­tee Chair­man Pete Ses­sions is telling Demo­crats to “stay calm” and get ready for a late-night deal. More on that from NJ‘s Billy House here.

UP­DATE: 5:20—6.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Obama on Obama­care: You Can’t Shut It Down

Pres­id­ent Obama took to the White House brief­ing room to out­line what Amer­ic­ans can ex­pect if a gov­ern­ment shut­down takes place at mid­night and to of­fer one last plea to House Re­pub­lic­ans to not let party polit­ics get in the way of one of their most fun­da­ment­al re­spons­ib­il­it­ies.

“Of all the re­spons­ib­il­it­ies con­gress en­dows to Con­gress, two should be fairly simple: pass a budget and pay Amer­ica’s bills,” Obama began shortly after 5 p.m. “But if the United States Con­gress does not ful­fill its re­spons­ib­il­ity to pass a budget today, much of the United States gov­ern­ment will be forced to shut down to­mor­row.”

Obama rattled off a list of what gov­ern­ment pro­grams will con­tin­ue des­pite the shut­down — so­cial se­cur­ity, pub­lic safety and na­tion­al se­cur­ity ser­vices, mil­it­ary and bor­der patrol op­er­a­tions — be­fore list­ing what Amer­ic­ans can ex­pect start­ing to­mor­row.

“Of­fice build­ings would close. Paychecks would be delayed. Vi­tal ser­vices that seni­ors and vet­er­ans, wo­men and chil­dren, busi­nesses and our eco­nomy de­pend on would be ham­strung. Busi­ness own­ers would see delays in rais­ing cap­it­al, seek­ing in­fra­struc­ture per­mits or re­build­ing after Hur­ricane Sandy.”

He cas­tig­ated House Re­pub­lic­ans for at­tempt­ing to use a shut­down as a bar­gain­ing chip to de­rail Obama­care in or­der to “save face after mak­ing some im­possible prom­ises to the ex­treme right of their party” and re­it­er­ated that the law will move for­ward no mat­ter what Con­gress does.

“The Af­ford­able Care Act is mov­ing for­ward. That fund­ing is already in place. You can’t shut it down,” Obama de­clared. “One fac­tion of one party of one house of con­gress in one branch of gov­ern­ment doesn’t get to shut down the gov­ern­ment just to re­fight the res­ults of an elec­tion.”

After his ad­mon­i­tions, Obama closed by say­ing he be­lieved Con­gress could still strike a deal be­fore mid­night.

“My hope and ex­pect­a­tion is that in the 11th hour once again that Con­gress will choose to do the right thing and that the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives in par­tic­u­lar will choose the right thing.” (By Dustin Volz)

UP­DATE: 4:40—7.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: “We Kind of All Knew Where This Was Gonna End.” 

Don’t call Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans frus­trated—at least not those law­makers who cri­ti­cized Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to de­fund Obama­care through the con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion.

“I’m not frus­trated. I’m not frus­trated in the least,” said Sen. Bob Cork­er, R-Tenn., “I think this was — we kind of all knew where this was gonna end.” Cork­er has been one of the loudest op­pon­ents of Cruz’s quest to tear down the pres­id­ent’s sig­na­ture law.

Cork­er emerged from a closed-door meet­ing of Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans Monday af­ter­noon, but de­clined to talk about the party’s next move.

Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­ans will de­cide what to do next after the House acts again, Cork­er said. Asked wheth­er they con­sidered that Re­id will re­ject any­thing oth­er than the CR the Sen­ate sent back to the House Monday morn­ing, Cork­er did not an­swer.

“There’s just not much to say,” he said.

UP­DATE: 4:37—7.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: GOP Reps. Emerge Un­happy From Caucus Meet­ing

As he emerged from this af­ter­noon’s spe­cial House GOP meet­ing, the si­lence from Ari­zona Rep. Matt Sal­mon was deaf­en­ing. Sal­mon, an oust­poken con­ser­vat­ive who 36 hours earli­er said his com­rades went “bonkers” after Boehner presen­ted the second House CR plan, ap­peared agit­ated and down­trod­den after hear­ing the third and latest it­er­a­tion.

Asked if he was un­happy with the plan, Sal­mon nod­ded his head yes, but re­fused to elab­or­ate.

Sal­mon was the first con­ser­vat­ive to ex­press un­ease with the new GOP pro­pos­al — which would delay Obama­care’s in­di­vidu­al man­date by one year while elim­in­at­ing health care sub­sidies for a wide range of gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees — but he was not the last.

Rep. Mark Mead­ows, R-N.C., who’s played a lead­ing role in the GOP’s anti-Obama­care push, would not com­mit to vot­ing for the bill when it hits the House floor this even­ing. Like many of his con­ser­vat­ive col­leagues, Mead­ows’s body lan­guage was markedly dif­fer­ent than it was Sat­urday af­ter­noon, when con­ser­vat­ives loudly ap­plauded Boehner’s second CR pro­pos­al.

“I have two ob­ject­ives: keep gov­ern­ment open, and make sure the harm­ful ef­fects of Obama­care don’t hurt the folks I re­prsent,” Mead­ows said slowly, meas­ur­ing his words. When asked if this third pro­pos­al meets those cri­ter­ia, he hes­it­ated, and said: “I’ve got to look at it.”

When asked dur­ing a post-meet­ing press con­fer­ence if his lead­er­ship team had the votes, Boehner nod­ded to Ma­jor­ity Whip Kev­in Mc­Carthy and said, “I’ll let Mc­Carthy talk about votes.” The speak­er quickly ad­ded: “We’re con­fid­ent that this is­sue will pass.”

The mes­sage from House lead­er­ship was that no one — not even the pres­id­ent, them­selves, or their staff mem­bers — should en­joy a spe­cial ex­emp­tion from the health care law. By push­ing this bill, Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor said, Re­pub­lic­ans are pro­mot­ing “the fun­da­ment­al prin­ciple … of no spe­cial treat­ment for any­one.”

But that prin­ciple could be con­trib­ut­ing to some ten­sion with­in the con­fer­ence. Ac­cord­ing to some GOP law­makers, there was de­bate in the room over wheth­er the sub­sidy ban would hurt their staff mem­bers and drive tal­ent away from Cap­it­ol Hill. “There was some angst that it could hurt our staff, and we don’t want to hurt our staff,” said Rep. John Flem­ing of Louisi­ana. “But you know, the law’s the law.”

Still, des­pite some dis­pleas­ure from the right, top con­ser­vat­ives soun­ded cau­tiously op­tim­ist­ic that the bill will pass to­night — sev­er­al hours be­fore the dead­line for both cham­bers of Con­gress to reach a budget deal to avoid a gov­ern­ment shut­down.

“We’ll see on the floor. Every­body’s go­ing to have to vote,” said Rep. Steve Scal­ise, chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee, while step­ping onto an el­ev­at­or fol­low­ing the meet­ing. “I’m a yes.”

When an­oth­er RSC mem­ber on the el­ev­at­or, Michigan Rep. Tim Wal­berg, said that he, too, would be vot­ing yes, Scal­ise slapped him on the back. (By Tim Al­berta)

UP­DATE: 4:01—8 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Obama­care Is Com­ing To­mor­row, No Mat­ter What

Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us told re­port­ers on Monday that what hap­pens in Con­gress won’t af­fect Obama­care’s rol­lout on Oct. 1. “Shut­down or no shut­down, we’re ready to go,” she said at a press brief­ing.

The on­line in­sur­ance mar­ket­places cre­ated by the Af­ford­able Care Act are sched­uled to open on Tues­day. As Na­tion­al Journ­al has pre­vi­ously re­por­ted, much of the spend­ing for the health-re­form law’s im­ple­ment­a­tion is man­dat­ory, and wouldn’t be af­fected even if law­makers vote to de­fund it. (By Cath­er­ine Hol­lander)

UP­DATE: 4:01—8 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Sen. Vit­ter: Demo­crats Are the Ones Push­ing a Shut­down, And They’re Do­ing It to Pro­tect Them­selves

Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter, R-La., spoke ex­tens­ively at a press con­fer­ence late af­ter­noon about his pro­posed amend­ment, which would sub­ject Con­gress to the same rules and reg­u­la­tions of the Af­ford­able Care Act as the rest of Amer­ic­ans. A ver­sion of the amend­ment is in the latest House pro­pos­al. Vit­ter, sur­roun­ded by House Re­pub­lic­ans and tax re­form cru­sader Grover Nor­quist, touched briefly on the day’s on­go­ing back-and-forth, speak­ing con­fid­ently about reach­ing “the fin­ish line.”

Who will cross first — and when — re­mains un­cer­tain. Who to blame for a gov­ern­ment shut­down, however, won’t be a mys­tery, Vit­ter said. “If in a day or two, the Demo­crats are re­fus­ing to con­tin­ue to fund the gov­ern­ment only be­cause of this pro­vi­sion to pro­tect them­selves, then I think they will be cor­rectly per­ceived for what they’re do­ing.”

UP­DATE: 3:47 p.m.—8 hours to a Shut­down: Sen­ate Passes Bill to Pay Mil­it­ary

The Sen­ate passed by un­an­im­ous con­sent a bill passed Sunday morn­ing by the House to pay the mil­it­ary in the event of a gov­ern­ment shut­down. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE: 3:45 p.m.—8 hours to a Shut­down: The Latest House Pro­pos­al

It’s live here from the House Rules Com­mit­tee. The pro­pos­al delays the in­di­vid­al man­date for a year, and re­moves health care sub­sidies for mem­bers of Con­gres, their staff, the pres­id­ent, vice-pres­id­ent, and polit­ic­al ap­pointees. The com­mit­tee will meet at 4:15 on the res­ol­u­tion.

It might be im­port­ant to keep a watch on a pos­sible erosion of House Re­pub­lic­an unity.

Rep. Richard Hanna, R-New York, a cent­rist House Re­pub­lic­an from the Utica area, tells NJ he’s already de­cided he’ll vote “no,” do­ing so after leav­ing a closed-door con­fer­ence meet­ing with Boehner and col­leagues. And Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska said he doesn’t be­lieve the lead­ers have enough votes to move on any plan.

If all 433 cur­rent House mem­bers show up to vote on this Monday night, the Re­pub­lic­ans could only lose 16 of their votes and still pass it — that is, if no Demo­crats jump party lines.

(By Matt Ber­man and Billy House)

UP­DATE: 3:18 p.m.—9 Hours to a Shut­down: Demo­crats to Re­pub­lic­ans: We Wouldn’t Do This

Speak­ing on the floor after the House bill was tabled, Sen. Claire Mc­Caskill, D-Mo., said the House Re­pub­lic­ans aren’t play­ing the game. There’s more pub­lic sup­port for stricter back­ground checks for gun own­er­ship than for re­peal­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act, she said, but Demo­crats are not bring­ing the gov­ern­ment to the brink of a shut­down over it. “What would every­one think on the oth­er side of the aisle if we just de­cided, well, you know, we’re go­ing to shut down the gov­ern­ment if you don’t pass back­ground checks on guns? It’s what the Amer­ic­an people want,” she said. “That’s not the way we le­gis­late. That’s not the con­sti­tu­tion­al frame­work our found­ing fath­ers put to­geth­er. There would be out­rage that we would try to shut down the gov­ern­ment over back­ground checks on guns.”

Demo­crat­ic Sen. Chuck Schu­mer pro­posed a sim­il­ar hy­po­thet­ic­al in a post-vote press con­fer­ence. What if cur­rent House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi had held up TARP, the bil­lion-dol­lar bail­out pro­gram, un­less Bush-era tax cuts were re­pealed? The New York law­maker said such a move would have been “ir­re­spons­ible.”

Pelosi, flanked by House Demo­crats, re­peated the hy­po­thet­ic­al at an­oth­er press con­fer­ence Monday. “So for [House Re­pub­lic­ans] to be put­ting these ‘gotcha’ things on this bill, is really be­neath the dig­nity of what we come here to do,” she said. “Un­less what you came here to do was shut down the gov­ern­ment — and that is what their con­ten­tion is.” (By Mar­ina Koren)

UP­DATE: 3:15 p.m.—9 Hours to a Shut­down: Sen­ate Likely to Pay Mil­it­ary

The Sen­ate is likely to take up a meas­ure to keep the mil­it­ary paid in the event of a shut­down, a top Demo­crat con­firms.

“We’re not gonna leave the mil­it­ary hanging out,” said Sen. Chuck Schu­mer, D-N.., the No. 3 Demo­crat in the Sen­ate.

When the Sen­ate will vote is not clear. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

UP­DATE 3:11 p.m.—9 Hours to a Shut­down: The House GOP Doesn’t Have Votes “to do Any­thing”

Emer­ging from House GOP con­fer­ence, Rep. Don Young of Alaska says Re­pub­lic­ans “Don’t have the votes to do any­thing.” (By Billy House)

UP­DATE 3:08 p.m.—9 Hours to a Shut­down: The House Vote Could Come Late

A House lead­er­ship aide says a vote on a new GOP CR with a delay on the in­di­vidu­al man­date won’t oc­cur un­til to­night. Rules com­mit­tee will set floor pro­ced­ures some­time after 6 p.m.

A House Re­pub­lic­an aide says there are no plans for a clean CR of any time length—”at this time.” (By Billy House)

UP­DATE: 2:57 p.m.—9 Hours to a Shut­down: Harry Re­id and the “Ba­nana Re­pub­lic­ans”

Re­id all-but re­jec­ted a very short-term ex­ten­sion of the budget, one in­ten­ded to avert a shut­down for a few days while ne­go­ti­ations con­tin­ue over a longer bill. Mc­Con­nell floated the idea earli­er Monday, but Re­id dis­paraged the plan.

“The Sen­ate’s bill is a short-term ex­ten­sion,” Re­id said in his press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing a Sen­ate vote to re­ject the anti-Obama­care por­tions of the House’s latest of­fer. “This is a 6-week fund­ing bill. If we can’t pass this, we are truly en­ter­ing the ba­nana Re­pub­lic­an mind­set.” It is un­clear wheth­er Re­id in­ten­ded to say “Ba­nana Re­pub­lic­an mind­set” or the more con­ven­tion­al “Ba­nana Re­pub­lic mind­set.”

In­stead, Re­id called on Boehner to put the Sen­ate’s ver­sion of the con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion — one which keeps the gov­ern­ment fun­ded at cur­rent levels and does not af­fect Obama­care — on the House floor for a vote, say­ing the votes of Demo­crats and cent­rist Re­pub­lic­ans com­bined would be enough to pass it. “We are not go­ing to do any­thing oth­er than wait for them to pass our ver­sion of the CR,” he said. “Oth­er­wise, the gov­ern­ment will shut down.”

“Un­der­stand we are deal­ing with an­arch­ists,” Re­id said just be­fore he left the po­di­um.(By Patrick Re­is)

UP­DATE: 2:42 p.m.—9.5 Hours to a Shut­down: Re­ac­tions From the House GOP Meet­ing

Tweets from NJ’s Tim Al­berta, who’s on the scene:

Con­ser­vat­ive Rep. Matt Sal­mon leaves GOP meet­ing look­ing ir­rit­ated. Asked if he’s un­happy, Sal­mon shakes head yes.

— Tim Al­berta (@Tim­Al­berta) Septem­ber 30, 2013

This #GOP con­fer­ence meet­ing now push­ing 90 minutes, and not hear­ing much op­tim­ism from the few mem­bers who’ve ex­ited

— Tim Al­berta (@Tim­Al­berta) Septem­ber 30, 2013

UP­DATE: 2:30 p.m.—9.5 Hours to a Shut­down: Dow Re­cov­ers

The stock mar­ket is sta­ging a gradu­al re­cov­ery Monday af­ter­noon after stocks plunged at the open­ing of Monday trad­ing. As of 2:25 p.m., the Dow Jones In­dus­tri­al Av­er­age is still 109 points down for the day, but that rep­res­ents a steady climb from the morn­ing low, when the Dow lost more than 1 per­cent — about 170 points — at the open­ing bell.

UP­DATE: 2:26 p.m.— 10 Hours to a Shut­down: More on a One-Week CR

On the way in­to their 2 p.m. spe­cial con­fer­ence meet­ing, House Re­pub­lic­ans were stay­ing mostly si­lent about the “ru­mors” of Mc­Con­nell push­ing a one-week clean CR to avoid a gov­ern­ment shut­down.

In fact, many GOP law­makers said they had no know­ledge of Mc­Con­nell’s pro­pos­al.

“That’s the first I’ve heard of it,” said Rep. Tim Wal­berg of Michigan.

Some mem­bers did seem genu­inely in the dark, but it was ap­par­ent from the tone and body lan­guage of oth­ers that they were stick­ing to a co­ordin­ated mes­sage cam­paign.

“Haven’t seen it,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas with a broad smile.

Mo­ments later, in a sep­ar­ate con­ver­sa­tion, Rep. Tom Price of Geor­gia echoed: “Haven’t seen it.”

When asked about the Mc­Con­nell pro­pos­al, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio just smiled and shook his head.

The reas­on some mem­bers de­clined to spec­u­late about the Sen­ate minor­ity lead­er’s plan may have to do with con­fer­ence polit­ics. House lead­er­ship has been un­der pres­sure not to bring any clean CR to the House floor, re­gard­less of how long it would fund the gov­ern­ment for.

With the health in­sur­ance ex­changes set to open Tues­day morn­ing, a bill that funds Obama­care for one week, some con­ser­vat­ives say, is just as bad as one that funds it for a year.

“It’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to pass any clean CR,” said Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

One con­ser­vat­ive, however, seemed open to the idea. In the in­terest of avoid­ing a shut­down, Rep. Matt Sal­mon of Ari­zona said, “If we have to buy a few more days, then so be it.” (By Tim Al­berta)

UP­DATE: 2:19 p.m.— 10 Hours to a Shut­down: Kick Out the Staff!

While the Sen­ate voted to kill the House’s Obama­care amend­ments, staffers were asked to leave a closed-door meet­ing of House Re­pub­lic­ans in the base­ment of the Cap­it­ol. Time for frank talk on op­tions. (By Billy House)

UP­DATE 2:15 p.m. — 10 Hours to a Shut­down: The Sen­ate Votes to Kill the House’s Obama­care Amend­ments

The Sen­ate con­vened at 2:00, and Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id im­me­di­ately put for­ward a mo­tion to table the House CR amend­ments that would delay Obama­care and re­peal the med­ic­al de­vise tax. The vote came along party lines, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., go­ing with his party on tabling the amend­ments. Manchin had pre­vi­ously signaled some sup­port for an Obama­care delay, which had turned him in­to a Re­pub­lic­an talk­ing point. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE 1:55 p.m.—10 Hours to a Shut­down: Car­ney Re­jects Med­ic­al Tax Re­peal

White House Press Sec­ret­ary Jay Car­ney Monday said Pres­id­ent Obama would re­ject a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion that re­peals the med­ic­al device tax, a rev­en­ue rais­ing por­tion of the Af­ford­able Care Act.

“None-of-this is ac­cept­able,” Car­ney said dur­ing his daily press con­fer­ence. “This is just blatant ex­tor­tion.”

Un­like oth­er GOP pro­pos­als, such as a re­peal or delay of all or part of Obama­care, re­peal­ing the med­ic­al device tax has some sup­port among Demo­crats. But Demo­crats thus far have shown very little will­ing­ness to in­clude any changes to Obama­care as part of the budget ex­ten­sion.

Car­ney said re­spons­ib­il­ity for avoid­ing a shut­down rests with House Speak­er John Boehner, say­ing he should pass the Sen­ate’s “clean” con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion. Do­ing oth­er­wise, Car­ney said any­thing else would mean the speak­er was giv­ing in­to a “small, very ex­treme” fac­tion of his House caucus.

“The Demo­crats are ask­ing for noth­ing, no con­ces­sions, no ideo­lo­gic­al riders, no spe­cial pet pro­jects, no polit­ic­al gotcha items” to ex­tend gov­ern­ment fund­ing and raise the debt ceil­ing, Car­ney said. “Re­pub­lic­ans on the oth­er hand are at­tach­ing all sorts of agenda items… some of which are wholly un­re­lated to the budget.” (By Patrick Re­is)

UP­DATE 1:54 p.m.—10 Hours to a Shut­down: Mitch Mc­Con­nell to the Res­cue?

Pos­sibly re­pris­ing his role as last-minute sa­vior, Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell is sug­gest­ing to law­makers a one-week con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion without policy riders re­lat­ing to Obama­care as a way to avoid a shut­down, a Sen­ate GOP lead­er­ship aide con­firms to Na­tion­al Journ­al.

“The Con­fer­ence is look­ing at op­tions.”

“Des­pite the Demo­crats’ re­fus­al to work with the House to solve the prob­lem, Re­pub­lic­ans are work­ing to pro­tect the troops, pre­vent a shut­down and find solu­tions to the dif­fi­culties caused by Sen­ate Demo­crats’ delays,” Mc­Con­nell spokes­man Mi­chael Bru­mas said in a state­ment.

But Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id shot done the idea out­right. Ex­it­ing the meet­ing of Demo­crats and asked if he was dead set against a one-week CR Re­id said, “Yes.”

Sen­ate Demo­crats in­stead have said they fa­vor a 6-week CR that strips out the House lan­guage delay­ing Obama­care and re­peal­ing the med­ic­al device tax.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said be­fore the news of Mc­Con­nell’s of­fer that the Sen­ate would vote this af­ter­noon to send a clean CR back to the House.

This is not Mc­Con­nell’s first stab at haul­ing Con­gress back from the brink. Dur­ing the fisc­al cliff ne­go­ti­ations, it was Mc­Con­nell and Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden who au­thored a com­prom­ise to avoid fisc­al crisis. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

UP­DATE 1:35 p.m.—10.5 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Sign of House GOP Frac­tur­ing?

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., a co-chair of the cent­rist “Tues­day Group” caucus in the House, tells NJ on Monday that he will ar­gue in the closed-door House con­fer­ence ex­pec­ted later in the day that it is time to ac­cept a C.R. that will keep gov­ern­ment fun­ded without lan­guage to delay Obama­care, and avoid a shut­down.

Even if hard-liners in the con­fer­ence don’t think so, Dent said he be­lieves Speak­er John Boehner wants to, and that he should put such a CR on the floor. Dent says he be­lieves Demo­crats and enough Re­pub­lic­ans will pass it.

He noted Boehner has already shown sev­er­al times this ses­sion he is will­ing to buck the sup­posed un­of­fi­cial prac­tice of not put­ting le­gis­la­tion onto the floor not sup­por­ted by the “ma­jor­ity of the ma­jor­ity.” He cor­rectly ticks off such things as a hur­ricane re­lief bill, and the Vi­ol­ence Against Wo­men Act — not to men­tion the New Year’s vote on the fisc­al cliff bill.

Dent, echo­ing his po­s­i­tion­ing re­por­ted Fri­day in Na­tion­al Journ­al Daily, said he be­lieves the GOP will be blamed for the shut­down, and that Re­pub­lic­ans’ fisc­al and debt ceil­ing strategies can still be waged. He said no one wants to re­peal the med­ic­al device tax more than he does. But he said at­tach­ing that, or any oth­er strings to a CR at this time, is just not go­ing to get passed the Sen­ate. (By Billy House)

UP­DATE: 1:10 p.m. — 11 Hours Un­til Shut­down: Don’t Ex­pect a Clean House CR

With House Re­pub­lic­ans set to hold a spe­cial con­fer­ence meet­ing at 2 p.m., spec­u­la­tion is swirl­ing about the pos­sib­il­ity of House lead­er­ship present­ing the op­tion of send­ing back to the Sen­ate a “clean” short-term CR that keeps the gov­ern­ment run­ning and buys Re­pub­lic­ans more time to plot against Obama­care.

But ac­cord­ing to mul­tiple seni­or GOP aides, there will be no dis­cus­sion today of a clean CR. With the Sen­ate poised to strip out the anti-Obama­care lan­guage from the House CR this af­ter­noon and speedily send it back to the lower cham­ber, House lead­er­ship is still work­ing with lead­ing con­ser­vat­ives to de­cide how to re­spond, sources tell Na­tion­al Journ­al.

There are sev­er­al pro­vi­sions Re­pub­lic­ans are con­sid­er­ing at­tach­ing to their third CR, which would be promptly re­turned to the Sen­ate. These op­tions, which will be dis­cussed at this af­ter­noon’s con­fer­ence meet­ing, in­clude: a one-year delay of Obama­care’s in­di­vidu­al man­date (not the en­tire law); a ban on health care sub­sidies for mem­bers of Con­gress and their staffs (either in the lan­guage writ­ten by Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter, or some House con­ser­vat­ives); and a re­peal of the med­ic­al device tax, as writ­ten by Rep. Erik Paulsen of Min­nesota.

It’s un­clear, an hour be­fore the meet­ing, which of these op­tions is con­sidered the strongest Re­pub­lic­an re­but­tal to the Sen­ate’s clean CR. But the one-year delay of Obama­care’s in­di­vidu­al man­date has gen­er­ated, by far, the most buzz on Cap­it­ol Hill today. (House Re­pub­lic­ans, eager to con­tin­ue their “com­prom­ise” nar­rat­ive, could point to the 22 House Demo­crats who voted for this delay back in Ju­ly.)

Stay tuned for the latest de­vel­op­ments from the 2 p.m. con­fer­ence meet­ing. (By Tim Al­berta)

UP­DATE: 12:50 p.m. — 11 Hours Un­til Shut­down: The Fun­drais­ing Goes On

Mid­night on Monday brings two dead­lines; one is for fund­ing the gov­ern­ment, and the oth­er is the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion quarterly fun­drais­ing dead­line.

A bar­rage of fun­drais­ing pitches came from Demo­crats as it be­came clear that Con­gress was bar­rel­ing to­ward a shut­down. An email from Vice Pres­id­ent Biden asked for $3 con­tri­bu­tions to the Demo­crat­ic Party. An­oth­er from Pres­id­ent Obama dir­ec­ted dona­tions to the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee’s 2014 ef­forts.

Re­pub­lic­ans and con­ser­vat­ives have also been try­ing to cap­it­al­ize off of the cur­rent con­gres­sion­al show­down. The Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee sent out its own fun­drais­ing email pitch from RNC Chair­man Re­ince Priebus en­titled “I Stand With Ted,” off of the talk-a-thon of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The Sen­ate Con­ser­vat­ives Fund has been play­ing ads fea­tur­ing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ur­ging people to sign a pe­ti­tion to de­fund Obama­care, and a web­site ded­ic­ated to the ef­fort so­li­cits dona­tions.

And des­pite the pos­sible shut­down, at least sev­en mem­bers of Con­gress have sched­uled fun­draisers this week, ac­cord­ing to the Sun­light Found­a­tion. (By Elahe Iz­adi)

UP­DATE: 12:12 p.m. — 12 Hours Un­til Shut­down: The House Demo­crats’ Plans

After the Sen­ate votes, House Demo­crats will caucus be­hind closed doors around 2:30 p.m. At 3:00, House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi and oth­er House Demo­crat­ic lead­ers are ex­pec­ted to hold a press con­fer­ence. (By Billy House)

UP­DATE: 12:00 p.m. —  12 Hours Un­til Shut­down: The Sen­ate Demo­crats’ Strategy

At a press con­fer­ence just be­fore noon, Sen. Bar­bara Box­er, D-Cal­if., out­lined what the Sen­ate Demo­crats will do this af­ter­noon. “We’re go­ing to handle this mes­sage from the House the same way we handled the first bill,” she said. This means that Sen­ate Demo­crats, after a caucus meet­ing, will strip the Obama­care delay and med­ic­al device tax re­peal from the CR and send a clean res­ol­u­tion back to the House.

The frus­tra­tion isn’t just about the full delay. Box­er said that a med­ic­al device tax “has noth­ing to do with this par­tic­u­lar situ­ation that we’re in now.” Even if some Demo­crats are open for de­bat­ing on re­peal­ing that tax — which would cost $29 bil­lion in rev­en­ue over a dec­ade — the party at this point is stand­ing firm on re­fus­ing to ne­go­ti­ate on any as­pect of Obama­care as part of a budget ne­go­ti­ation. 

So what hap­pens from there, if the House just sends an­oth­er CR to the Sen­ate with Obama­care amend­ments? “I’m not at liberty to say what Sen­at­or Re­id will do if, what, when, and how,” Box­er said.

We’ll see how that holds after the caucus meet­ing, which is ex­pec­ted to hap­pen at 1:!5 p.m. The Sen­ate is ex­pec­ted to vote just after 2. (By Matt Ber­man)

UP­DATE: 11:00 a.m. —  13 Hours Un­til Shut­down: An Angry Break­fast With Chris Van Hol­len

The re­main­ing shred of good will between Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic com­batants in the House all but evap­or­ated Monday as a key Demo­crat­ic le­gis­lat­or ac­cused Speak­er John Boehner of ab­dic­at­ing his au­thor­ity to fresh­man Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), ringlead­er-in-chief of the gov­ern­ment shut­down war.

“Sen. Cruz is es­sen­tially run­ning the show in the House,” Rep. Chris Van Hol­len told a re­port­ers’ break­fast. “If Speak­er Boehner doesn’t want to ex­ert lead­er­ship he should go ahead and turn the gavel over to Speak­er (sic) Cruz.”

The rank­ing Demo­crat on the House Budget Com­mit­tee, Van Hol­len re­peated that “Sen. Cruz is dic­tat­ing policy in the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives today.” With his lead­er­ship squarely on the line, Boehner has two choices, he ad­ded: “Either he should step aside for Sen. Cruz or he should ex­ert some lead­er­ship.”

House Demo­crats and White House of­fi­cials, who be­lieve Boehner is the weak­est speak­er in dec­ades for not stand­ing up to re­bel­li­ous tea-party zealots in his GOP caucus, privately say Boehner would like to find a middle ground to keep the gov­ern­ment from shut­ting down at mid­night be­cause he un­der­stands Re­pub­lic­ans will be blamed by most Amer­ic­ans. But they claim Boehner can­not risk ali­en­at­ing the ex­trem­ist wing of his caucus lest he be tossed out as House speak­er. (By Tom De­Frank)

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