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Audio Q and A: Shutdown Survival Guide

Marc Meredith sheds light on the government shutdown.
October 1, 2013

The ringing in of a new fiscal year is still on hold as congressional Democrats and Republicans wage a war of attrition over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We sat down with Assistant Professor of Political Science Marc Meredith to get a better understanding of the ins and outs of this historic stalemate.

1. What agenda items are driving the shutdown?

2. How will federal workers be affected?

3. From social welfare to national security: What impact will the shutdown have on government programs?

4. Who stands to lose the most politically if the shutdown continues?

5. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act vulnerable?

6. What concessions can be expected if a compromise is reached?