[Ed. – Good luck with that.]
A House Democratic Caucus meeting was roiled Thursday morning after one representative floated the possibility that the ongoing partial federal government shutdown might affect federal authorities’ ability to secure the upcoming Super Bowl.
“That definitely got everyone’s attention,” one House Democrat who asked not to be identified told Fox News after the meeting.
Another lawmaker told Fox News that canceling the Super Bowl — a possibility that officials have not suggested — “would definitely lead to the end of the government shutdown.” The game is set for Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Super Bowls, including last year’s game in Minneapolis, typically are designated at Special Event Assessment Rating level 1 and involve tight coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rates SEARs 1 through 5, with level 1 indicating the most risk.