It is always a shock to the political and economic systems of the world when the United States government effectively shuts down. This has happened a number of times in the past when Republicans and Democrats could not get together to hash out a spending deal that both sides could agree on. Now, it looks like this very well may happen again.
Top Congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have cancelled a scheduled meeting with the President reports CNBC. This coming after the President tweeted that he could not envision any kind of deal being struck between himself and the Democrats to avert a government shutdown.
The Democratic leaders who had the meeting scheduled with the President pounced on his words saying that they would just as soon meet with Republicans in Congress to work on a deal with them since the President so obviously did not see a way forward himself. They cancelled the meeting and presumably will try to meet with other Republicans in Congress instead.
The Federal Government is slated to run out of funds on December 8th. If the two sides cannot come together and get something passed, then the government will begin to shut down. In the past, the two sides have come together to pass what is known as a continuing resolution (or CI) to essentially punt the decision away to a later date. That could be something that comes up in discussion quite frequently in the coming weeks as the two parties try to figure out some plan that will work.