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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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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 ...
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Can the Executive Branch legally enter into a contract to repay Fisher House?

As a result of the shutdown, military death benefits will not be paid to soldier's spouses. The House passed a bill to appropriate funds for this purpose, but the President announced the the Pentagon ...
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Why is the National Mall open for an immigration rally?

The Washington Examiner had this article A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown. ...
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Is the House responsible for deciding what to fund in the government and is this usually done with “mini-CRs”?

The House has passed multiple continuing resolutions to attempt to end/avoid a 17% partial government shutdown. House Republicans on Wednesday night succeeded in passing three measures to reopen ...
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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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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 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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Are US politicians still paid a salary when they cause a government shutdown? [duplicate]

800k working-class Americans don't get paid when the government shut down. Do the US politicians still get paid? If yes, why so?
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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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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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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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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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If the US Debt Ceiling is not raised what happens to Mandatory/Discretioary spending? [duplicate]

Since Obama took office there have been repeated fights over raising the US Debt Ceiling. The Treasury Secretaries have said that for a short period of time they can 'juggle money around' to keep the ...
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Could state or federal agencies purchase “government shutdown insurance” if it was available?

During the latest government shutdown, the District of Columbia will pay for public services out of a cash reserve. If these shutdowns are becoming common enough to create actuarial tables, could ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...