Dont know how long but it's all about ObamaCare. The republicans are taking issue with some pieces of it. ObamaCare started out as a Bill which Congress passed. Then the president signed it into law. So it's a law and republicans in Congress are making no sense because they approved the bill.
No one really knows but my guess is about two weeks, The budget needs to go through so they can raise the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling needs to go through so we don't default on loans. We have debt payments due on the 15th I believe. If it is not a done deal by then we lose our role as a world power. As bad as the DC children are acting I don't see them letting that happen.
Before it was shut down for 21 days I think. It is extremely scary for many people that work for the government and everyone. Things will run okay like normal for a little. The longer this goes on the longer it will take for people to get paid. (People that work for the government).
The last offer the Republicans made was full funding for Obamacare, IF the congress drops their special exemption. See, Obama gave them an exemption to the SPECIFIC part of the law that said Congress had to live with the healthcare themselves. Well, too many of the Democrat staff in the Senate said they would bolt for a lobbyist or private job, so Obama told the OMB to pay for 72% of their medical policy. No other people can get this-- it's also against the law that Congress passed. So much for Democrats wanting to point out how it's a law and it's legal... This shutdown is all about one thing: Congress preserving their special perk. They are shutting down the government because they want to preserve their perks. Let's see how that plays once the media gets ahold of it.