Shutdown Timeline: How We Got Here -Updated

Desert Beacon

Train Wreck 2We didn’t get to this impasse in Washington, D.C. in the last two weeks.   The situation has been developing since the passage of two versions of a budget back in March, 2013.   The timeline so far looks like this:

January 1, 2013: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announces that he is no longer going to negotiate directly with President Obama.  [The Hill]

January 18, 2013: The Republican Retreat at Williamsburg, VA reported as yielding recommendations that a short term debt extension could be a bargaining point, but the “full faith and credit of the U.S.” should not be risked. However, conservatives were divided about the debt limit. [NY]

February 14, 2013: Freedomworks publishes guidelines for a coalition letter including:  “Conservatives should not approve a CR unless it defunds Obamacare.  This includes Obamacare’s unworkable exchanges, unsustainable Medicaid expansion, and attack on life and…

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