Punchbowl News: “Based on what we know right now, it seems exceedingly likely that the federal government is going to shut down this weekend. Full stop…”
“Weekend shutdowns aren’t really all too impactful. The full scale of the shutdown won’t be felt until Monday morning when the vast majority of federal employees begin their work week.”
“It’s also important to note that a government shutdown is a slow-moving crisis. The situation gets more serious each day that agencies can’t fully function and hundreds of thousands of federal employees — including the military — don’t get paid.
“Yet our reporting suggests that this shutdown probably won’t be limited to this weekend.”
Playbook: “On the surface, there was motion: Both the House and Senate last night took procedural steps toward advancing spending legislation.”
“Underneath, there was no movement: Washington is no closer to averting a shutdown. If anything, a Sunday morning shutdown looks as likely as ever.”