For Capitol Hill Democrats, ‘shutdown’ is the new ‘bailout’


By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner

Democrats on Capitol Hill are turning to last year’s playbook in the fight over highway spending.

On Monday, Senate Democrats used the word “shutdown” 13 times to describe what would happen if Republicans don’t support a compromise bill to pay for summer and fall road projects.

“This would mirror the government shutdown,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters, harkening back to the October 2013 spending fight that closed federal offices, parks and other services for more than two weeks.

Schumer added, “It would be a highway shutdown.”

Bipartisan talks are underway between House and Senate lawmakers on a short term measure, but the two sides haven’t worked out a deal to pay the approximately $11 billion price tag.

at Washington Examiner.