Why is everyone so afraid of the Federal government shutting down?
The Democrats had their chance last October to pass a budget with essentially zero resistance. Instead, they opted to play politics and spend their efforts on re-electing themselves (and losing) rather than their elected duty to the country.
Republicans are worried that Democrats will try to pin blame on this budget on them. Fear not. The Democrats will ALWAYS try to blame Republicans for anything they can anyway!
Hold fast, hold your ground. Force the Democrats to finally eat the s**t they made out of the budget process.