Congress Debates Another Short Term Budget or Shutdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
Crisis averted this time. But government shutdown threats are here to stay says budget expert Stan Collender.
House speaker john Boehner's departure only delays the inevitable says Collender.
"Shutdowns or defaults become typical of what people are threatening," said Stan Collender, Qorvis Communications. "It's likely to continue or get worse over the next year and we get closer to the election."
Shutdown threats get big headlines and some lawmakers use those headlines to gain attention to hot button issues button issues like Planned Parenthood funding. So, putting off funding has become almost a customary way of doing business in Washington D.C.
"Washington has been in this situation 17 times before over the past four decades," said Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union.
Pete Sepp with the national taxpayers union has grown increasingly concerned about the way lawmakers put off budgets only to add more financial bloat when they finally pass.
"This could be a surefire way to send our economy back into some kind of recession if Congress does not make a commitment to keep spending under control and continues to keep just kicking the can down the road," said Sepp.
And kicking the can down the road is exactly what Collender, who previously worked for both house and senate budget committees sees lawmakers doing for years.
"You could probably and will probably see a variety of shutdown threats every year going forward through the end of the decade," said Collender.
Collender believes only a redistricting of congressional districts in 2022 will put an end to a constant budget stalemate.
He predicts a 50 percent chance of a government shutdown by December assuming congress passes a temporary budget this week.