Government Shut Down 2018

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What causes a government shutdown?

  • A shutdown occurs when Congress and the president fail to sign into law 12 appropriations bills in order to continue providing funding for government operations .

How can it be prevented?

  • Members of Congress can give themselves an Continuing Resolution. This temporary funding measure keeps the federal government and allows lawmakers more time to negotiate.

How long does it last?

  • As long as it takes. Congressional leaders from both parties have to reach an agreement to fund the government .

How much money can the county lose during a shutdown?

  • The 16-Day shutdown in 2013 cost the country $24 billion of lost economic activity. Shutdowns “waste money” more than they “cost money”.