Nuclear Option Increased Odds of Government Shutdown

Stan Collender: “By changing it’s rules yesterday to prevent filibusters on executive branch and judicial nominees (other than the Supreme Court) — the so-called nuclear option — the Senate further complicated a federal budget debate that was already overly complicated and had little chance of success.”

“Although it’s still less likely than likely, the prospects for a government shutdown in January increased significantly. Based on yesterday’s action, I have increased the possibility that funding for the federal government will not be adopted by the time the current continuing resolution expires to 40 percent.”

“And the likelihood for sequestration to occur as scheduled in mid-January also jumped significantly.”

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