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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Washington (AFP) – A government shutdown is looming. Congress is struggling to pass a stopgap budget measure that would keep the doors open beyond the fiscal year, which ends at midnight September 30.

But with congressional bickering in full swing, and the deadline less than four days away, there is increasing anxiety about who and what will be affected.

During the previous two shutdowns, for six days in November 1995 and 21 days from December that year into early 1996, some 800,000 federal employees were ordered to stay home, according to a congressional report.

Here is a snapshot of what is likely to occur in the event Congress can not agree on a federal spending bill by October 1.

AFP/ Mark Wilson

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  • RobertCHastings

    The above scenario ASSUMES a brief, two-week shutdown, which simply may NOT be the case. During the shutdowns of the Clinton era, Dems and Reps worked together to settle some issues no less contentious than those facing the House today. With the Tea Party holding the country hostage to their theology, these fanatics insist on subverting the entire process of the Legislative Branch of our government by trying to change established law through other-than legislative processes. If they are so put off by the ACA, it is incumbent upon them to get the majority of Americans behind them through the electoral process and seek the change they want through our established Democratic processes, not through terrorism.

  • Allan Richardson

    The Republicans in Congress say that the President and the Democrats will be to blame if the government shuts down, or stays shut down too long. Using that kind of reasoning, if a kidnapper kills a hostage, it is the hostage’s family’s fault that for not paying the ransom the kidnapper demanded.

  • Pamby50

    To make matters worse, we will reach the debt limit on 10/17. They need to get all of it settled at once. This continuing resolution only brings this back in a couple of months. Stupid. Like they will come to an agreement on anything in 2 more months. Can we all say sequestration. They knew all the cuts were coming and still couldn’t agree on anything. This will just keep on happening.

  • ralphkr

    I had to laugh while listening to some local TEA Partiers bragging about how much tax money shall be saved if they succeed in shutting down the government. Talk about people not paying attention to history. When the gov’t furloughed without pay about 800,000 for 3 weeks they were all paid in full when the gov’t resumed so it ended up being a nice paid vacation and, in addition, overtime was paid to the workers as they cleaned up all the work that had been neglected for 3 weeks so instead of saving 96,000,000 hours of regular pay it actually cost the government the equivalent of 240,000,000 hours at regular pay to do the same amount of work (96,000,000 regular hours for staying at home and equivalent of 144,000,000 regular hours in overtime pay). I realize that I have also been guilty of claiming that it was a good thing that Juneau was fogged in so much so the legislature could not meet but that was because I figured that as long as our state legislature could not meet that they could not pass any new taxes to finance their favorite pork.

  • iamproteus

    If the President and the Senate should give in to the republican demands, what will they demand in exchange for raising the debt ceiling? And then what about paying the bills next year? Where would it end? What will their next target be? There should be no question that the country should pay it’s obligations promptly and WITHOUT any conditions attached! The nation’s integrity demands it!

  • commserver

    What is considered non-essential?