Shutdown Countdown: What The Next Eight Days Could Bring

Source: Paul Kane / The Washington Post

On Friday, the House passed a measure that would keep the government running through mid-December. But it came with what Democrats consider a poison pill: It defunds President Obama’s signature health-care law, known as Obamacare. There is no way whatsoever — think pigs flying — that the Senate will agree to the House plan. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said the House bill was “dead,” then for emphasis added: “Dead.”

That sets up eight days of brinkmanship between the Republican House and the Democratic Senate and White House, leading to midnight Sept. 30, when much of the government will shut down if there’s no deal.

Leaders on Capitol Hill expect the face-off to go right up to the deadline, if not beyond.

Visit The Washington Post for a day-by-day look at how it’s all likely to play out — with the caveat that events can change quickly.

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