Key players in the shutdown debate

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:08:37 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 01 2013 09:32:14 AM CDT

Meet the key players who determined how the latest fight over a government shutdown ended.

House Speaker John Boehner, closeup
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Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio -- The top Republican leader in the land may be the most important player in the days immediately before a possible shutdown. Boehner could decide whether to push through the Senate's version of a spending bill and keep government running, or he could float a third version with some other Republican wish list items in it. If he takes the second option, Boehner could risk a shutdown but could also force the Senate into a tough position: give House Republicans something or send federal workers home. Timing on all this will be critical.

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