what would happen in a government shutdown
A U.S. debt ceiling debate is once again on Congress' agenda. Congress has about three weeks to pass a budget, and the White House has said that U.S. President Barack Obama will not negotiate over raising the 2013 debt ceiling provisions.
We've seen this script before on debt ceiling deadlines, and with so many other pressing issues. Congress will again kick the can down the road.
Before that, a brewing showdown will again unfold, one with distinct consequences for other forms of legislation and the country.