David Bateman, an expert on Congress and the legislative process and assistant professor of Government at Cornell University, explains how the possibility of a Trump-era government shutdown harkens back to the days of Jimmy Carter – the last time a significant funding gap appeared under one party’s control.


 Bateman says:

 “That we're even talking about a possible government shutdown despite unified party control is a bit surreal.

 “It would be an astounding own-goal, casting further doubts on the feasibility of the GOP's legislative agenda and inspiring yet more comparisons between the Trump-era Republican party and the Jimmy Carter-era Democrats, the last time there was a significant funding gap under unified government.

 “And yet here we are, with fewer than a dozen legislative days before the funding runs out, with no bill reported from committee, and with a highly polarizing president seemingly insistent that his priorities, non-starters with Democrats, be accommodated.”