Democratic and Republican lawmakers are locked into a contentious series of negotiations to reach a federal budget compromise which, if not reached by Friday at midnight, could result in a government shutdown. What would such a shutdown mean for you? And what are the pressures driving the negotiators? We take up those issues with guest host Mark Trautwein.
Bruce Cain, executive director of the UC Washington Center and Heller professor of political science at UC Berkeley
Stuart Kasdin, assistant professor of public policy and public administration at George Washington University
Lisa Mascaro, congressional correspondent at the Washington Bureau of the Los Angeles Times