Government Shutdown: Nobody Wanted It, But Here We Are Anyway
“If the United States government shuts down tonight and our economy takes a hit, it will be because House Republicans let it happen,” the White House wrote in a blog post on Monday. “Instead of allowing a simple yes or no vote on a bill that funds the government for a few more weeks, the government that these Republicans were elected to serve will close down.”
Indeed, as many feared and expected, policymakers failed to pass a continuing resolution on Monday night, and the U.S. government has begun the process of idling 800,000 workers and placing nonessential operations into hibernation until further notice. The White House has placed the mantle of responsibility on the shoulders of the GOP, which controls the House of Representatives, while Republican Party has in turn placed blame on the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, which controls the Senate.
The American public, fairly enough, blames both parties more or less evenly. Survey data published by Pew on September 23, just as the debate was really getting hot and the threat of a shutdown was taking shape, show that 39 percent of Americans would blame Republicans, while 36 percent would blame the Obama administration; 17 percent of respondents responded that both parties are equally to blame.