Congress Avoids Government Shutdown in Last-Minute Deal

How do you feel about another government shutdown?

  • 96.3k
    LeslieG
    Voted Angry
    09/19/2023

    There have been 21 government shutdowns due to the budget not being approved in a timely manner were federal workers went unpaid during that time, GDP reduced, security downgrades and increased deficits. The 5w shutdown (2018-2019) reduced economic output (GDP) by $20B according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Moody’s. It could also lead to a further downgrade of US securities (Fitch downgraded after the debt limit stand off due to poor governance). And it adds to the givernment deficit with stopping and restarting (reworking) work. The last shutdown added $2B to the deficit.

    Apparently the Freedom Caucus doesn’t care as long as they can grandstand, create campaign PR snd fund raise for their own political aspirations and careers on the backs of US taxpayers.

    Shutdown History 

    2018-2019 (President Donald Trump): 34 days 2018 (President Donald Trump):  3 days
    2018 (President Donald Trump):  1 day.
    2013 (President Barack Obama): 16 days
    1995-1996 (President Bill Clinton): 21 days
    1995 (President Bill Clinton): Nov. 5 days
    1990 (President George H.W. Bush):  3 days
    1987 (President Ronald Reagan): 1 day
    1986 (President Ronald Reagan): 1 day
    1984 (President Ronald Reagan): 1 day
    1984 (President Ronald Reagan): 2 days
    1983 (President Ronald Reagan): 3 days
    1982 (President Ronald Reagan): 3 days
    1982 (President Ronald Reagan): 1 day
    1981 (President Ronald Reagan): 2 days
    1979 (President Jimmy Carter):  11 days
    1978 (President Jimmy Carter): 18 days
    1977 (President Jimmy Carter):   8 days
    1977 (President Jimmy Carter):  8 days
    1977 (President Jimmy Carter): 12 days
    1976 (President Gerald Ford): 10 days

    “Under the Antideficiency Act (initially passed in 1884 and amended in 1950), federal agencies cannot spend or obligate any money without an appropriation (or other approval) from Congress. When Congress fails to enact the 12 annual appropriation bills, federal agencies must cease all non-essential functions until Congress acts. This is known as a government shutdown. If Congress enacts some but not all of the 12 appropriations bills, only agencies without appropriations have to shut down; this is known as a partial shutdown.”

    “Evidence from past government shutdowns shows that they reduce economic growth, create financial uncertainty for families, and cause unnecessary government spending.  “

    “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the five-week partial government shutdown in 2018-2019 reduced economic output by $11 billion in the following two quarters—including $3 billion that the U.S. economy never regained. Moody's Analytics estimated that the 2013 full government shutdown reduced GDP growth by $20 billion. “

    https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/democrats/issue-briefs?id=B7FCE9F4-4DFE-495C-8263-AD277CE4716B

    https://www.brookings.edu/articles/what-is-a-government-shutdown-and-why-are-we-likely-to-have-another-one/

    https://www.causes.com/comments/65226

    https://www.thoughtco.com/government-shutdown-history-3368274

  • 49.8k
    Brian
    Voted Sad
    09/19/2023

    I don't want another government shutdown, but this one will fall squarely on the GOP if it happens. Because the Republicans cannot govern and cannot pass bills that the American people support, they deserve whatever outcome their failures bring them.

    I'm sorry for the federal workers and all others who will be affected, but I hope everyone knows who to blame when it's time to vote next year.

  • 46.0k
    Andy
    10/01/2023

    Pleased that there won't be a Shutdown!

    Pissed that aid for Ukraine has been left out!

    Back here again in 45 days!

    Will losers like MTG, Gaetz and their authoritarian ilk, make a move to replace McCarthy?

    Some small thanks to my Reps for not getting in the way. However, it's pretty obvious you are still authoritarian and fascist leaning, dump/Putin/Xi/Un thingy lickers by abandoning support for Ukraine! Who's the real traitors here!? REPUBLICANS!

  • 2,612
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Apathetic
    09/20/2023

    The budget crisis is now a semi annual crisis! When will congress do their job and stop these emergencies. 

  • 203
    Ann
    Voted Happy
    09/20/2023

    Republicans have become an unrecognizable party! All of their actions appear to be aimed at destroying our government and our way of life. They want outrageous demands and less freedoms. Senator Tuberville, alone, is preventing over 300 promotions to make the military deny abortion care to its members. They think they can demand that the country submit to their demands, no matter whether the majority agrees or not. Another shut down will diminish our ratings globally and will take years to recover from. 

  • 854
    Larry
    Voted Excited
    09/19/2023

    We need for the federal government to PERMANENTLY shut down all nonessential services. 

  • 255
    mamiller1101
    Voted Angry
    09/19/2023

    Republicans have shown they cannot be trusted. They had an agreement with the president to fund the government and are now renegging on that agreement. It's bad enough that they waste all their time with meaningless investigations. Now they won't even keep the government operating. How in the world can they be trusted. Start governing and quit the BS.

  • 49.8k
    Brian
    Voted Sad
    09/29/2023

    We're not going to listen to any MAGA people trying to blame President Biden or the Democrats for this.

    President Biden and Leader Schumer sat down with McCarthy in June and made a deal we largely didn't love to raise the debt ceiling. That was the deal on the budget that was supposed to guide the spending bills for now, because the House GOP wanted to force spending cuts in advance to raise the debt ceiling instead of waiting for the budgeting process.

    The House GOP under McCarthy has decided to blow up that deal and try to get even more cuts than the ones the Democrats agreed to in June.

    Since the House GOP would need Senate Democrats and the President to agree to anything they want at this point, it's the House GOP's fault that the budget bills haven't passed. Democrats did the negotiations and agreed to their demands once; why bother trying to work with them again after they blew up the deal?

     

    McCarthy, Trump, and company own this shutdown, and they should pay at the ballot box in 2024.

  • 537
    Bill
    09/29/2023

    There is simply no excuse for letting a very small minority of extremists determine the policies and laws our entire country has to live with.  People in a position to do so need to wake up and do something about it.

  • 428
    George
    Voted Apathetic
    09/29/2023

    Talk of financial crisis by the US is an embarassment that has vecome virtually routine. No wonder a large majority are now clamoring for new leadership . 

  • 248
    Brad
    Voted Excited
    10/02/2023

    The democrats need to stop spending period!  
    cut out the pork on all these bills for your personal interests you Democrats

  • 8,104
    DaveS
    Voted Angry
    10/03/2023

    The far right conservative evangelist worship there faults God and disgrace Jesus Christ all in the same setting! Trump far from God or Christ and is most likely is a follower of antichrist.

    This is all done in the name of God!

  • 2,542
    Joan
    Voted Angry
    10/03/2023

    McCarthy did the only sensible thing: start to work with the grownups. 

  • 650
    Pat
    Voted Angry
    10/03/2023

    I learned in high civics that our government was for the people.  Could our representatives please adhere to that concept rather than vote for "the party"

  • 1,734
    Nancy
    Voted Angry
    10/03/2023

    If all else fails to get what you want, pull the big red switch on the wall, which will open a door that is not there

  • 358
    RONALD
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    The radical extreme right wing republicans trying to shut down the government are enemies of America and enemies of democracy.  They should be arrested, removed from congress and expelled from the country.  Failing that, they should be jailed for life as enemies of America.

  • 116
    Tim
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    It seems no one is getting anything done due to political posturing!

  • 310
    Carl
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    Go to work to run the government and quit posturing and playing to the extremes.

  • 3,721
    Surender
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    Defunct institutions 

    congress has failed

    scotus has failed 

    bozo and his clowns still free running amok polluting this country

    Supreme Court declines to consider longshot bid to disqualify Trump from running for president

  • 3,373
    Steph
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    The Majority of Americans are NOT for what the so-called Freedcom Caucus wants.  Therefore, if they try to manuever to shut down the Government, their Colleagues should vote to remove them from office.  Furthermore, they should also loose their salaries-permantely, be banned from every holding public office again, and also loose their very sweet medical benefits.  Anyone who refuses to do this should loose the same.

  • 4,074
    John
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    Has anyone else noticed that Matt Gaetz voice pitch sounds like that of a pre-pubescent boy! I'm quite sure that has something to do with the development of his brain.

  • 102
    Stewart
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    We elect people to do what is good for ALL Americans, not to pander to a select few hard right radicals bent on turning the country into their version of the turn of the (previous) century! In keeping with their CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES all members of congress should loose their salaries, bonuses and perks when there is a government shutdown. This should also include their access to healthcare. It's time for the people we PAY to work on our behalf to feel the weight of their decisions personally!

  • 2,755
    George
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    Waste of time! 

  • 412
    Mac
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    Congress has to act like responsible adults.  Right now, they are behaving like irresponsible children.

  • 412
    Mac
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    The bipartisan deal prevented a major catastrophe, but major work remains on the table because Ukraine is of equal importance in world affairs.  The US cannot give in to Putin and allow him to take advantage of Ukraine and any other nation he feels a need to take over in his quest for power in the world.  Thus, the majority of the decision kept the US government functioning, but the absence of money for Ukraine means the deal is not done.  And, 45 days has simply delayed the inevitable again--Republican crazies in Congress will again obstruct what is needed.  No one is dealing with the true elephant--taxes need to be raised on the wealthy and corporation back to where they were in the 1970s.  The budget can be balanced, but we have to pay for our work that is needed here and around the world.  That is leadership and we lack it right now.

  • 1,069
    ClydeK
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    This is absolutely stupid!!  Why can't our elected officials do their ,(!&@?$&@$,?' Job?!?!  Instead they spend their time doing stupid impeachment inquiries that have no basis; trying to get rid of the Speaker of the House; and the list goes on!!   

  • 570
    joyce
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    MATT GAETZ and his idiot cronies need to be kicked out of Congress! and until they are, NOTHING WILL EVER GET ACCOMPLISHED not matter what kevin mccarthy does. THIS IS TOTAL BULLSHIT!

  • 1,020
    JoeandPeggy
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    Congress had better start working together to avoid these problems.  they know this is coming and they need to work TOGETHER!  They should also  lose their pay if they do not reach a deal like other workers do!  They are acting like spoiled children!  Worse!

  • 772
    Kevin
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    There is NO reason for a self-inflicted government shut down - EVER!

    Congress,.... GOVERN!  Do you job!  It's too work for the people and not obstruct.  A handful of anarchists must not dictate for the majority. 

  • 1,548
    Richard
    Voted Angry
    10/02/2023

    All of Conress whould be relieved of their duties, responsbililties, not paid, and replaced with half the number and with elected officials who care and can get something done to make our Republic safe and secure.  Shutdowns and Continuing Resolutions are not governing and it is not a budget process.  It is a means to hide under the specifics plus hide the excess and pork in each district hoping to buy votes.  Very sad.