12/17/2018

No money left to keep the government open. It could be reality just before the holidays. Fox’s Chad Pergram has more with “The Speaker’s Lobby.”

Iím Chad Pergram with the Speakerís Lobby.

A partial government shutdown looms later this week.

Nine of 15 cabinet departments and dozens of agencies run out of money at 11:59:59 pm this Friday if Congress doesnít act.

So, youíd think lawmakers would be sweating things out trying to cut a last minute deal.

Hardly.

The House of Representatives finished up Thursday afternoon and wonít hold any votes until 5:30 pm Eastern Time Wednesday just two and a quarter days before the shutdown.

The Senate isnít considering government spending either turning instead to a criminal justice reform bill.

Everyone is dug in. In addition, all elements, except the border wall are resolved in the seven outstanding appropriations bills.

This is a pressure tactic where Congressional leaders shrink the time frame to work something out in an effort to carve a deal.

Itís kind of like the Stockholm Syndrome.

Lawmakers and staff donít want to be in Washington for the holidays. So the leaders bring everyone back just before Christmas and after a while, the Congressional ďhostagesĒ start to sympathize with their captors.

Theyíll vote for anything just to jet out of Washington and rush back home to their families for Christmas.

With the Speakerís Lobby, Chad Pergram. Fox News