Who Keeps Working, Who Doesn’t, If the Government Shuts down next Week
Here we go again.
When Congress comes back from recess Monday, it has just five days to head off yet another government shutdown by the end of next week, when the U.S. Treasury officially runs out of the legal authority to spend money.
That deadline will set up another showdown — this time with a new president and fractured Republican Party — that could once again inflict fiscal chaos and force federal agencies to suspend services and send workers home.
So far, the threat of a shutdown appears low, as the GOP seeks to avoid the kind of backlash that accompanied the 16-day stalemate of October 2013. That debacle cost the economy more than a billion dollars a day, according to most estimates.