‘All the way down to the wire’: Tiefer on government shutdown

Professor Charles Tiefer told Marketplace reporter Kimberly Adams that he thinks Congress will not approve legislation to fund the government, triggering a partial government shutdown this week.

“I think it will go all the way down to the wire,” Tiefer said. “[I]t will come to a crisis, I think.”

Read and listen to “Don’t forget … a federal government shutdown looms” (Marketplace, Dec. 1, 2017).  The public radio business program says its news segments reach 14 million weekly listeners.

“These shutdowns are not just some kind of game,” Tiefer said, citing an example from the last shutdown, in 2013: Ten children with cancer were unable to take part in a National Institutes of Health drug trial because, according to the shutdown rules, an existing program could not be expanded.

A new shutdown would be a “real black mark” for the GOP, Tiefer said.

Learn about Professor Tiefer.

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