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October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Update

House Republicans failed to push through three measures last evening that would have reopened the national parks, fund veterans programs and Washington D.C. government operations while the federal government is shut down.

Each of the measures required a two-thirds majority to pass, meaning that they needed votes from a bloc of Democrats.

House leadership aides say they expect to bring the same three measures to a vote today, using a procedure that would require only a simple majority to pass.

In addition to the three bills that were failed in the house yesterday — A bill to exempt the National Institutes of Health from the shutdown will be proposed today, according to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

It appears that the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling are beginning to merge into a single fiscal fight.

With no immediate progress on resolving the standoff, it looks increasingly likely that all of this will be resolved around October 17, which is the deadline Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has stated is the day that the U.S. will exhaust its borrowing authority.