As we near the fourth day of the government shutdown, I recall the shutdown in 1996. It lasted 21 days but the difference between then and now is nobody knows what's going to happen.
For 15 years, I covered Congress and back then we had reliable sources. There was open communication between the top congressional leaders and I could talk to leaders of both parties and key committee members for their outlook on a situation.
Nowadays, chaos defines the current situation in the House of Representatives.
The question to ask is: Who's in charge? And the answer may be nobody.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has been spreading the word off-camera and has pledged that he will not let the credit of the United States go into the dumpster over the debt ceiling. But can he marshal the votes and overcome the faction within the Republican Party that is blocking everything?
There are as many plans to get out of this mess as there are members of Congress and we'll have to await the outcome. However, the deeper Congress gets themselves in this hole, the harder it will be to get out of it. Unfortunately, this may be going on for a while.
This Sunday on Face the Nation, we'll have Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the number two Republican in the Senate, and I'll ask him about his take on the government shutdown and Congress' plan forward. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will also join us to talk about the looming debt default if Congress fails to pass a budget. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netynyahu will share his thoughts on Iran's nuclear program and President Obama's leadership on the global stage.
Plus we'll have analysis from our panel of PBS' Gwen Ifill, The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, POLITICO's Jim VandeHei and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.
I hope you'll join us. Check your local listings.