Federal Budget: Some Shutdown History

“Those who disburse the money are like a saucy boy who knows his grandfather will gratify him, and overturns the sum allowed him at pleasure.” Rep. John Randolph of Virginia, 1806, referring to the executive branch (the saucy boy) and…

Part 1: The Basics of a Shutdown

Our story begins on October 1, 2010. With a fiscal year that starts on October 1 and ends on September 30, the first day in October is crucial. Because the President and the Congress had not yet agreed on the…