The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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KATRINA PIERSON (Political Analyst and Spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC) IS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ON THE WAY?? Congress will race this week to pass a government spending bill by Wednesday night to avert a shutdown. The Senate will take a procedural vote on a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that includes funding for Planned Parenthood on Monday at 4:30 p.m., paving the way for the bill to be sent to the House by Tuesday. The move comes after nearly every Democrat - and eight Republicans - blocked a short-term proposal that would have funded the government but defunded Planned Parenthood. Voting to defund the organization was widely expected to fail, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) telling reporters ahead of last week's vote: "I think we all know we're gonna do a clean CR." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted Democrats, saying that by backing Planned Parenthood they are "making a losing bet they will come to regret over the long-term." But he urged Republicans to support the "clean" spending bill, even though it funds the organization, adding that "the government will shut down next week if Congress doesn't act." House Republicans will take up the stopgap measure free of policy riders this week before the deadline. It's expected to pass with Democratic support and many GOP defections. Rather than using the government funding bill as leverage, House GOP leaders plan to use a fast-track process known as reconciliation to try to defund Planned Parenthood. Can Congress avoid a shutdown?

SCOTT McLEAN (Political Science professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden) Is CT Sen. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL about to get a very high-profile challenger for his re-election bid? There's word that longtime Connecticut resident LARRY KUDLOW -- a well-known personality in the financial media -- is leaning toward challenging Blumenthal, and wants to make the Iran nuclear deal a major issue in a possible campaign.

Fox News Radio's KITTLY LOGAN (Live from London) VOLKSWAGEN INVESTIGATION OPENS Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned in the face of the company's emissions-rigging scandal, is now the focus of German prosecutors. The prosecutors say the investigation will concentrate on the suspicion of fraud committed through the sale of vehicles with manipulated emissions data and try to establish who was responsible. Volkswagen AG's upmarket Audi brand says 2.1 million of its vehicles also are affected by the emissions-rigging scandal. Meanwhile, a European environmental organization says some new models of Mercedes, Volkswagens, BMWs and other new cars are burning much more gasoline than lab tests claim. The group Transport & Environment says there's no proof the cars are equipped with the same sort of "defeat devices" used in the emissions-rigging scandal.

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