POLITICS
08/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Fears Of A Shutdown Emerge On Capitol Hill

The prospect of a September government shutdown loomed over the Capitol on Wednesday as the two parties fought over rising energy prices.

It's a fight some members of either party are willing to have, but others worry about who will get blamed for a repeat of the 1995 shutdown that President Clinton pinned on a Republican Congress.

Lawmakers and staff are starting to talk not just about how to avoid such a repeat, but also about who would gain and lose November election votes if it happened.

"The Democrats will probably want to play chicken," said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

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