CUNA Legislative Update
September 30, 2013
Except for a handful of suspension bills that the House will consider today, no legislative business related to matters other than the CR has been announced in either chamber for this week. It would be reasonable to assume that both chambers will stay at this until they figure it out. However, as the clock winds down on the fiscal year and shutdown seems more certain, the clock is also ticking down on the debt ceiling. Last week, Treasury Secretary Lew notified Congress that the government will reach the debt ceiling no later than October 17. So, if you’re fan of government operating in crisis mode, this is your time; if you’re like the rest of us, hold on tight. It could get a little bumpy.
Impact of the Shutdown
Since it has been nearly 20 years since the last significant government shutdown, there are understandably a number of questions about what will happen and how it will affect us. For those of you coming to Washington this week for Hike the Hill or other meetings, my advice to you is this: check with the Congressional offices with which you’re meeting today to see what they’re going to do about meetings for the remainder of the week. Congressional staff deemed “essential” will continue to work throughout the shutdown, but others will not. Each office is going to handle this differently, so touch base today before the shutdown when all staff should be there.
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