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What It Would Take to Avoid a Shutdown

What It Would Take to Avoid a Shutdown

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. The U.S. government is on the brink of a shutdown, and the deadline for Congress to pass a new spending bill is September 30. I spoke with Russell Berman, who covers politics for The Atlantic, about what led to this moment—and how the power to avoid a shutdown lies with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. First, here are four new stories from The Atlantic: A Weak Hand Lora Kelley: How did we get to a point where the government is on the verge of shutting down? Russell Berman: Every year, Congress has to figure out how to appropriate funding for the government starting on October 1. So September 30, the end of the fiscal year, is almost always the deadline for a shutdown. Right now, the Republicans have a very thin majority in the House. To keep the government open, …