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Charles W. Boustany, Jr.
Much theater, little action as Congress ponders government shutdown
Much theater, little action as Congress ponders government shutdown

WASHINGTON -- With the federal government heading toward a possible shutdown Oct. 1, one might expect Congress to be racing the clock to avert that outcome. Not exactly. Congress tends to resolve tough problems only at the final hour, when all other avenues have narrowed. This latest round of brinkmanship, led by tea party Republicans trying to block President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, appears to be on that same track. By Monday afternoon, the tea party effort appeared to be losing ground among Senate Republicans, but the schedule showed no sign of speeding up.  The tea party conservatives have vowed to block any effort to provide money for federal agencies after the...

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