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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How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?

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 question is simply, what happens if ...
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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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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 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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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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Can Congress end the government shutdown without the President's agreement? [duplicate]

Negotiations over the current US government shutdown have, as far as I've heard, mainly been between the President and Congressional Democrats. So far, Republicans in Congress seem to be siding with ...
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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 percentage of federal U.S. government employees are considered non-essential during a governmnent shutdown?

There have been two U.S. government shutdowns in recent history, Nov 1995 and Dec 1995. Looming government shutdowns seem to be a bit of a joke as read here, or on NPR Still, with so many federal ...
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Why did the U.S. government shut down, if the Fed was providing funding through the bond buying program?

I understand that the current Federal Bond Buying program ($80 billion a month) is allowing a fixed supply of money to the American Government. If this is the case, then why did the government "shut ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there any theories as to why there is so little public outcry about the US government shutdown?

As an European living in the US I'm baffled about the partial US government shutdown. Specifically the lack of public outcry surprises me. In general I have the feeling that people sympathize with the ...
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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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Are the President of the United States and members of Congress considered essential to the federal government?

During the U.S. government shutdown, "essential personnel" are required to work, but everyone else has been furloughed. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines who is and who is not "...
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Can't congress override Trump's assumed veto of the temporary spending bill?

The senate unanimously passed a spending bill a few days ago to keep the government funded until mid-February. Trump stated that he will veto it because it doesn't include funding for a wall. There is ...
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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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Why is the Speaker of the House able to stop a vote on a clean spending bill?

The President claims that the House Speaker, John Boehner, is refusing to allow a vote on a so-called "clean spending bill" which many believe actually has the votes to pass (see for example http://...
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Which investigations against Trump are getting delayed due to the government shutdown? (if any)

There are currently several investigations on-going that involve Trump. Many of them are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_investigations_into_Trump_and_Russia_(2017) So my ...
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Does the United States have a built-in mechanism to resolve loss of supply? And if not, why not?

In countries that have inherited the Westminster system, loss of supply typically results in government being required to either reform as the majority that blocked supply; or dissolve parliament so ...
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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 happens to the money during a government shutdown?

In the US, which part of the government is holding the money due to federal employees? During a government shutdown, what happens to this money? Is it reinvested through short-term lending?
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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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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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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 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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Given the president supports a “clean” CR, when can the US federal government reopen?

The president has announced that he supports a continuing resolution temporarily reopening the US federal government (which is currently partially shut down). Since the opposing party has already ...
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Would the reduction in spending due to an indefinite government shutdown eliminate the deficit?

During the government shutdown, essential services/employees are exempt, and the government continues to pay for those services/employees. Some people might be hoping that the government shutdown ...
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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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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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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 the National Park Service need to spend money to shutdown a park they don't fund?

Due to the government shutdown, the National Park Service shutdown a privately funded Virginia park on federal land. The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is the next portion of the US government that will be shutdown?

Currently, it appears that around 25% of the US government is shutdown. To the best of my understanding, this is because different departments funding expires at different times. What does the ...
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Will government workers furloughed during the shutdown be paid later?

When the government of the United States of America reopens, will furloughed government workers be paid for the missed time?
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How does a government shutdown happen?

So, It seemed as though an act or lack there of from congress caused this "Government Shutdown" to happen. My question is: What specifically has to happen for a government shutdown to happen? ...
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Is the US Government being shut down affecting the deadline for the debt ceiling?

The US government is shut down, and has been for one week as of writing. The government is also supposed to require a debt ceiling increase by Oct 17, or else the government will fail to be able to ...
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How much has government spending increased/decreased in relation to the median households income since 2000?

In a Washington Examiner article, a member of the Senate Budget Committee was asked for a monetary estimate of what percentage of the government is shut down after exempting the military: a ...
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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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How is Obamacare still functioning with no budget?

The health and human services budget has expired and a new one has not been passed yet. So how is Obamacare still functioning, as it falls under that part of the budget? Is it being kept alive by some ...
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Does anything prevent essential government employees from quitting during the shutdown?

Currently only "essential" government employees are allowed to go to work and they're doing so without pay. But as the shutdown gets longer and people's savings start running out, would anything ...
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Do white house and congressional staffers currently (or sans Obamacare) receive subsidies for their health insurance?

The House passed a CR last night or today that would have delayed the individual mandate for 1 year and removed subsidies for congressional staffers, white house staffers, etc if they purchase health ...
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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 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 ...