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A sign that telling visitors that the area is closed for restoration is posted on the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, October 1, 2013. The US federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday, after hours of political brinkmanship failed to end a congressional budget row.
With the federal government officially running on only essential personnel, 800,000 federal workers furloughed and President Obama and Democrats in Congress dug in to defend the administration’s signature health-care program, the question is, what will the next move in this political and economic game of chess look like?
Is the shutdown a polarizing force in American politics? Does the “we need to pay our bills” argument work on you? Do you support this principled stand, or is this action going to hurt the reputation of America?
Adam Schiff, democratic member of the House of Representatives from the 28th District, which stretches from West Hollywood to Tujunga, he’s a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community
Ron Nehring, Chairman Emeritus of the California Rep Party and a Republican strategist