On October 16, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 285 to 144 to temporarily lift the U.S. Debt Ceiling and continue funding for the federal government through January 15th of next year. Eighty seven Republicans joined with all 198 Democrats to reopen the government. Thus ended the 16-day government shutdown, the first in the U.S. since 1996. Economists and political analysts are still tallying up the damage, but early reports suggest the economy took at least a $24 billion hit, while some speculate that the Republicans may well lose the House of Representatives after what many in the party described as a “fiasco.” Dave Obey is no stranger to Congressional budget battles, having served Wisconsin’s 7th district from 1969 until 2011 and twice served as the chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Obey joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing by phone on 10/21/2013 to talk about the shutdown, the deal that ended it, and the death of intelligent debate in the U.S. Congress.
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