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Is this what the next week or so will look like?

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As the political standoff in Washington poses the threat of a government shutdown, Gail Collins ENVISIONS this timeline:

Monday, Sept. 23: Senate goes into session to consider the House bill that couples funding for the government with defunding Obamacare.

House is on vacation. I’m serious.

Wednesday, Sept. 25: House comes back from vacation. Early. So stop carping.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Senate is working its way toward a vote on the bill. Whoops! Somebody just objected to something. May take a little while longer.

Friday, Sept. 27: The House takes up a bill to raise the debt ceiling, thus allowing the government to continue paying its bills. Which is tied to defunding Obamacare, and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Saturday, Sept. 28: The entire planet says: “Keystone pipeline?”

Sunday, Sept. 29: Maybe a day or two before, but around here — the Senate strips the Obamacare part from the bill funding the government, passes the bill and sends it back to the House.

Sept. 30: Last minute! Clock is ticking!

Oct. 1: Best-case scenario — the House passes the bill in the wee small hours of the morning. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief and moves on to the question of whether the government’s ability to pay its debts should hinge on the construction of an oil pipe to the Gulf Coast.

 

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