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Government shutdown 'increasingly likely'

Published: Friday, Feb. 18 2011 3:18 p.m. MST

Politico revealed Friday that an aide to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "told chiefs of staff of Democratic lawmakers that a government shutdown is more likely than not, according to attendees."

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, echoed the sentiment by gauging a potential government shutdown as "not imminent but increasingly likely" on his Twitter account.

The Associated Press reports, "Current funding runs out March 4 and a temporary spending bill will be needed to avoid a government shutdown. … With a government shutdown possible if the spending measure isn't extended at least temporarily, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, inflamed the situation Thursday by insisting that the GOP-controlled House would refuse to approve even a short-term measure at current spending levels."

The last time that a shutdown of the federal government occurred was 1995. Over at NPR there's an interesting piece detailing what that entailed, including such nuggets as the first Grand Canyon closure in 76 years and toxic waste cleanup at 609 sites reportedly stopped.

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