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Questions tagged [government-shutdown]

A scenario where government funding ends without a new budget in place to continue funding. Typically this ends all non-essential government services. This tool is used to try and force other parties to negotiate on other issues, sometimes unrelated to the budget. Use with any relevant country and party tags.

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Why doesn't funding for U.S. government services simply continue at its previous level if a new budget can't be passed?

In the United States, a failure to pass a budget for the new fiscal year results in a government shutdown, during which all government agencies lose funding except those which are funded through other ...
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Have members of Congress missed a paycheck during this shutdown?

It is my impression (perhaps incorrect) that Congressional operations has already been funded through the end of this fiscal year, consequentially not impacted directly by this current shutdown. ...
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What happens if the shutdown continues until election season?

Hopefully, this doesn't happen, but what happens if the US shutdown continues until the 2020 elections? Does the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have funding? Will elections be post-poned? If the ...
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Budget reconciliation for border wall?

Could Congress have used budget reconciliation to fund a border wall and avoid the current shutdown?
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How long can a president keep a government shutdown? [duplicate]

I was wondering how long is it possible for a shutdown to go on, months, years? Can it be forced to stop?
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If Democrats are opposed to the shutdown due to the excessive costs of the wall, why do they accept costs of shutdown?

The primary arguments offered by Democrats against the wall and the demands for border security funding by Trump and the Republicans, all revolve around cost and inefficiency. But in order to ...
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Does prolonged government shutdown increase the liklihood of martial law? [on hold]

I want to explore if there is any correlative or causal connection between prolonged government shutdown and the decree of martial law. So far I have only come across anecdotal evidence for the impact ...
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How can I help vulnerable people affected by the shutdown? [on hold]

I'm concerned about the families that depend on the income from the government shutdown, and explored giving time , prayers, and money to outreach churches near me. What are some ways that I can ...
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For what reasons might the Democrats be willing to end the shutdown? [on hold]

It seems that the Democrats are in a very good position. The government is shut down, and, as long as it is, it hurts Trump, as most seem to blame him, as suggested by this, and even generally his ...
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Do I still have to pay 2019 taxes even with the government shut down? [duplicate]

I had recently been told that after the first quarter of 2019. If the government is still shut down I would not have to pay taxes for the rest of the year. I was told that it’s a clause in the ...
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Are there any assumptions on how long the US government shutdown is bearable for the unpaid employees?

I know that the government employees will be paid for their work during the shutdown after it has ended. However in the meantime they have to live on savings or on borrowed money. Where I live (not ...
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Why did Trump willingly take blame for shutdown? [closed]

It is hard to say that the shutdown is due to one particular party only, despite the claims made by Democrats and Republicans alike. The truth is that either party has the choice to concede and end ...
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What happens if a government shutdown lasts long enough for the current appropriations for essential services to run out?

Based on a comment by mcalex on How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?: Only non-essential services are shut down atm. None of the answers seem to talk about what happens once ...
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If conservatives don't like government, why don't they like the shutdown?

As far as I know, I have repeatedly heard a conservative stance arguing in favor of reducing government spending. But, at the same time, it appears as though politicians from across all aisles want to ...
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Is government shutdown US specific?

Government shutdown is hot these days and consequently a target for Politics questions. For a person living in Europe and not familiar with US politics the concept of government shutdown is very ...
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What happens to government workers who had applied for days off during the shutdown period?

I'm assuming the following 1) That Congress will pass a bill that includes backpay for furloughed workers. Some might want to debate whether this will happen or not but going by historic precedent ...
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What are the Republicans' arguments for blaming the Democrats for the shutdown?

The President and other Republicans have been casting blame on the Democrats for being responsible for the current government shutdown. If Republicans had a majority in the House and the Senate at ...
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How many Republicans from non-Democratic states would have to side with Democrats to override Trump’s veto?

I'm just curious how hard an override of the veto to restart the goverment is? Let's say the goverment shutdown keeps going, grows less popular, and neither Trump nor the Democrats are willing to ...
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Why are Republicans (Trump, Graham) going all-in on border security funding when they most likely won't get it? [closed]

Trump was not able to get (enough) border security funding, and so due to that disagreement, the government shut down. In particular, the Senate approved a bill without that border-funding, but the ...
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Why does a US government shutdown have a specific beginning time?

From coverage about government shutdowns, I have gathered that these always begin a specific date/time "when the government runs out of money". But, if it were just running out, surely the beginning ...
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How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?

So right now, as of 3rd January 2019, the US government is shut down, due to disagreements between President and Congress on border security funding. Both sides are in an apparent stalemate. So my ...
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Is the NBIB affected by the 2018-2019 government shutdown?

Background The National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) is a government agency within the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and is important for people in the United States ...
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Missing Headline “Federal employee paid vacation celebrates not funding the wall” [closed]

According to this answer When the government is funded again the things they would have paid for anyways would still be paid (i.e. salaries). In short this means all US government workers are on ...
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What is gained by shutting down the government?

My question is Why? I found out that numerous presidents have shut down the government when they were unable to reach an agreement with the Legislature. Presumably the disagreements were all about ...
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Legislation or Constitutional Amendment needed to prevent Government Shutdowns in the US?

If we wanted to create a rule for the government budget that said that would prevent government from NOT leaving the government funded, would it require a constitutional amendment or could/should this ...
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Does the US Government shutdown prevent NORAD from tracking Santa? [duplicate]

A US government shutdown, such as the one occurring in 2018, prevents the government from funding non-essential services. Does that mean that NORAD is unable to continue its tradition of tracking the ...
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In the news, it says “essential” government employees would be required to work without pay. How?

In the news, the reporters have been talking about "essential" (real quotes, not scare quotes) government employees being required to work without pay by these two statements (paraphrased). All ...
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What sense does it make to describe a halt-of-work caused by the US government itself as it being “shut down”?

I thought I understood roughly how US "government shutdowns" worked: If Congress (the legislative branch) is unable or unwilling to pass a law authorizing the executive branch to spend public funds on ...
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Will NORAD Santa tracker be affected by the government shutdown?

If the government shutdown that started about 12 hours ago (at the moment of writing the question) will continue (and probably will) later than 24 december, than what will happen with NORAD Santa ...
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Will the government shutdown impact federal courts?

The US government is currently partially shut down. Will the government shutdown impact federal courts or slow process on new matters filed in federal court?
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Why is the US federal government allowed to shutdown?

According to Wikipedia from October 1 to October 17, 2013, the United States federal government entered a shutdown: (..) curtailed most routine operations because neither legislation ...
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What exactly did the Republicans win from ending the shutdown?

I was listening to 538 podcast about shutdown end, and they made it sound like their opinion is that on balance, Democrats didn't really win anything meaningful (compared to not having started ...
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Why do we pay taxes during a government shutdown?

While a government is shutdown there are a lot of services that are not available (including the IRS). Why do we still pay taxes during the government shutdown? Shouldn't we get a refund or a part of ...
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Has the White House expressed willingness to revisit the Friday DACA deal?

As described in this question and answer, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claims that on Friday he offered a deal to President Trump that would have averted the government shutdown, included DACA,...
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Why did Sen. McConnell object to Sen. McCaskill's resolution to fund the military during the government shutdown?

The Washington Post reports that ...Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) made an effort shortly after midnight to get the troops’ salaries and death benefits paid through the shutdown. “I want to ...
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Did Schumer offer Trump a deal that included the wall?

The United States is currently in a government shutdown, because Democrats won't vote for an appropriations bill without a deal on DACA, and President Trump won't agree to a deal on DACA without ...
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What does DACA have to do with the government shutdown?

I'm a little confused why DACA is the catalyst for inability to pass a budget. What does DACA have to do with the federal budget? Is the disagreement over inclusion of funding for it? Or have those ...
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In the USA, why is there still a government shutdown when Congress and the White House are controlled by the same party?

During the United States federal government shutdown of 2018, a single party commanded both the White House and a majority in both houses of Congress. Under these circumstances, why is there a ...
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Why did Mitch McConnell vote against cloture for the continuing resolution on 2018-01-19?

The record shows that Mitch McConnell voted against cloture for a continuing resolution which would have kept the government open. He had said Democrats were trying to “hold the entire country hostage”...
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Why is the looming shutdown of the US federal government not avoided by “reconciliation”?

As alluded to in this MSNBC clip, the strategy of at least some of the elements of the Republican party is to lay blame for the looming shutdown of the US federal government due to lack of funding ...
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How will shutting the government down enable Trump to build his Mexico border wall?

In a recent rally in Pheonix, Arizona, Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if that's what it would take to build his infamous Mexico border wall: "If we have to close down our ...
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What's the difference between the Clinton government shutdown and the Obama threats of shutdown?

When Clinton was in power, he refused to sign a spending bill until the budget was balanced. Now, we've been through several rounds of threats of government shutdown because Congress has had ...
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Does the new Budget Deal avert the December 11 Government Shutdown?

Last night, the White House and Congressional leaders struck a budget deal in order to raise the Debt Ceiling until March 2017, as well as to raise the Sequester spending caps for Fiscal Years 2016 ...
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How much will the upcoming election be driven by the government shutdown? [closed]

My question is, what is the estimate of people who will be voting in a particular way because of the events around the government shutdown and threat of a default on the budget caused by deadlock ...
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Do Republicans intend to put policy riders in the next appropriations bill?

Democrats and Republicans in Congress, under the leadership of budget chairs Patty Murray and Paul Ryan, recently agreed on a budget deal which specifies government funding levels for 2014. Of course,...
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Equivalent to government shutdown in parliamentary systems

Given the recent government shutdown in the US, there have been a lot of related questions here wondering about the possibility of it happening in the UK, Australia, and so on. In general, the ...
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How does the British Parliamentary system handle a situation like the US budget crisis?

I assume most people are aware of the recent US budget crisis where a disagreement between House and Senate caused non-essential parts of the US government to be shut down. There is a question here ...
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Is it possible for the US to borrow money from other countries, after the shutdown?

After the government shutdown and the startle of debt default, is it possible for the US government to issue bonds, and borrow money from other countries?
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How (and how much) does the government shutdown affect the budget deficit

Does the government shutdown have an effect on the budget deficit / national debt? If so, how much money does it save/cost? I'm looking for an answer that tries to estimate the actual impact that ...
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Why are some government services/programs closed from the federal government shutdown, while others aren't?

Why are some government services/programs closed from the federal government shutdown, while others aren't? For example, why does Congress get paid, while FDA inspectors are furloughed? And why are ...