Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are to be commended for voting to end the shutdown of the federal government after 16 days. As for Congressman Steven Palazzo, their Republican colleague in the House of Representatives, his eagerness to precipitate the shutdown and his unwillingness to vote to end it are indefensible.
According to an estimate from Standard & Poor’s, the shutdown has already taken $24 billion out of the economy and may exact an even higher price as its effect ripples through the rest of this fiscal quarter.
What will be gained by this loss?
That is Palazzo’s own assessment.