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April 7th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

How a government shutdown would affect Dems, GOP

Washington (CNN) - Spurred by a hastily arranged evening meeting between President Barack Obama and the top two congressional leaders, negotiators worked into Thursday to try to resolve remaining differences in a possible budget deal that would avert a government shutdown. If there is no deal by midnight Friday, when the current spending authorization measure expires, parts of the government will close down.

If the shutdown were to happen, how would it affect the public's perception of the Democrats, the GOP and the Tea Party? CNN contributor John Avlon joined American Morning hosts Ali Velshi, Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans to explain.


Filed under: Budget • Politics
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  1. Judith

    As the wife of a deployed soldier in Afghanistan that is dodging bullets everyday for his country am furious at our goverment!
    Then to hear the soldiers will not be paid, but congress will.. Really? I say stop their pay, including the presidents and let's see how fast the come up with a plan!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  2. C. Fecher

    This process is indicative of the loss of perspective by our legislators as to their role. We want a budget!-not a statement on abortion, not a repeal of clean air and clean water standards. Yes, some budget cuts are necessary. Let's pursue those not paying their share of the tax burden. Raise taxes to pay for the services we do want, like healthcare and raise the Social Security contributions to fund the plan into the future. Americans have never shirked their responsibilities when it came to the greater good. Let's stop the "slash" mentality and look for ways to fund the programs and services that will continue to assist the less fortunate and fund budding discoveries and future innovators. That's what will guarantee a prosperous future!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  3. C spamer

    The budget can be reduced very easily but not with small cuts in programs. The first thing to do with government shutdown is to
    stop the pay of all Congress.

    Then get serious about why we are in this mess:
    We do need a war tax of 2% to pay off the trillion dollar war DEBT.
    Why doesn't anyone talk about this?? First time in history war has
    not been paid for with a tax.
    Adopt same principles of other countries Canada and Europe with
    VAT tax.
    Stop or drastically reduce farming subsidies, but this might hurt some
    congressmen with large land holdings getting $500000 paybacks from the government. Look to Australia which did just this!
    Streamline our tax system, stop the loopholes. Our representatives do not represent the people, but rather they represent special interests. It is truly a sad situation.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  4. Michele

    lets see what should be cut from the budget

    subsidies for wool farmers
    subsides for ethanol..... stop taking food from peoples mouths
    stupid stupid grants for stupid studies like.... why are politicians vague, the life of a fruit fly, why kids whine etc, we waste TONS of monies of silly things like this

    stop giving politicians life time benefits
    stop giving pensions to 1 term senators and congressman
    Cut some of the assistants that congress and other agancies have.... how many folks does it take to get coiffee??

    There is a start....

    April 8, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  5. Sharon - Montana

    Reduce legislators payt to $100,000 – they get way too much now

    Take away legislators pensions totally – let them contribute to a 401K

    Take away legislators health insurance – let them buy it like I do

    Term limits – 1 term only – if they can't do it in 1 term they should be fired

    The SHOULD NOT receive their pay during the shut down

    Make legislators live under same rules as we have to and things would be different.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  6. lynnypatrick

    More than difficult for all - but whether today or next week makes no matter! Late payments incur $39 late fee - let's see - that means about an additional $300 late fees for me and no groceries.. Our duly elected reps need to go next time around.....

    April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |