Thousands of workers and the American economy stand to lose if the government shuts down next week, but some political leaders might see their hands improved by such a crisis.
Nearly every economist warns of negative repercussions for the U.S. economy should Congress fail to forge an agreement to fund the government’s day-to-day operations past Sept. 30. But a handful of Republicans – and even President Barack Obama – are among the select few Americans who have something to gain should negotiations fail and a shutdown come to pass.
The fact that it’s in the political best interests of some people (or groups) to force a government shutdown has actually contributed to the fiscal impasse, which shows no sign of resolution with little more than a week to go until all but the most essential government functions cease.
Virtually no lawmaker in either party has openly said he or she wishes for a government shutdown. And if one happens, its length and the manner in which it plays out could warp the politics of the issue.
A government shutdown is just over a week away, and for the third year in a row, Republicans in Congress are in a political staring contest with the White House. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., and the RNC's Sean Spicer discuss.
But with that in mind, here’s a look at who could benefit from a government shutdown.
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