GOPers doubled down over the weekend on their refusal to reopen the government or deal with the debt limit without major concessions from Democrats.
Monday night on All In with Chris Hayes: It’s a new week, but there’s no sign of Republicans changing their tune on the ongoing economic battles. In fact, GOPers doubled down over the weekend on their refusal to reopen the government or deal with the debt limit without major concessions from Democrats. House Speaker John Boehner insisted on ABC’s This Week, ”there are not the votes in the House” to pass a clean funding bill. Republicans also started looking towards the fast-approaching deadline on the debt ceiling. Boehner warned default is “the path we’re on,” while Republican Congressman Ted Yoho told the he thinks not raising the debt ceiling “would bring stability to the world markets.” Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will join Chris Hayes to talk about the defiant Republican Party.
All In will also check in on the latest victims of the government shutdown. While 400,000 civilian workers were called back to work at the Pentagon Monday, Arizona residents on welfare will not be receiving their checks. The Environmental Protection Agency is stopping clean-ups at over 500 sites where hazardous waste is uncontrolled or has been abandoned. Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, will join the table to discuss how the shutdown has created conservatives’ ideal situation–where social and environmental services are slashed but the military is fully funded.
Later, Jonathan Chait, columnist for New York Magazine, will join Chris to talk about his piece arguing that the government shutdown is not normal gridlock, but actually a symptom of a constitutional crisis. In our presidential system, Chait explains, the executive and legislative branch both have legitimate claims to power, and fight over who actually represents the citizens’ wishes. It is a “power struggle,” says Chait, which “will be resolved as a pure contest of willpower.” Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York will also join the conversation.
Plus: Chris will be joined by screenwriter John Ridley about his upcoming film 12 Years a Slave, the true story of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War south.
Tune in at 8PM ET on MSNBC.