If a shutdown occurs, travelers could face delays at airports, millions of workers would go without paychecks, and public safety, disaster preparedness and response, and food and safety inspections could also be affected.
With the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses approaching, there was no shortage of confrontations on stage as the participants debated the Israel-Hamas war, the future of abortion rights, and the elephant in the room: no-show Trump.
It usually takes 218 votes—a simple majority of the 435 members of the House—to become House Speaker, but due to two vacancies, only 217 votes are currently needed. For more than two weeks though, Republicans have failed to agree on a new leader, leaving the federal government paralyzed.
In recent months, Donald Trump has called for the execution of a US military official, mocked the assault of an 83-year-old man, used rhetoric that echoes Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and verbally attacked prosecutors and judges.
The second debate featured seven candidates, who combined, are trailing frontrunner Donald Trump by a whopping 17 points in the polls, making it a bit of an exercise in futility. But even if the debate is unlikely to affect the outcome of the primary, it says a lot about the state of the Republican party.