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”.