The US faces another government shutdown deadline. If Congress can’t put together an omnibus spending bill by December 16th, the government will basically shut down. But this time, Republican House Speaker John Boehner is reportedly working with Democrats on a deal to keep things running.
Boehner is said to have accepted that he can’t satisfy certain conservative groups within his own party. And few in Washington have the appetite for yet another Herculean struggle over various rides and entitlement programs, which have the potential to drag the discussions out along familiar, reheated lines of debate.
Boehner and Harry Reid are therefore said to be discussing options. Conservatives might feel that they are being sidelined, but Boehner should be able to put a spin on the situation that protects their egos. Many Americans, though, will probably be wondering if they’re facing another year of these repetitive debates before the 2012 elections.