All You Need to Know About a NASA Shutdown

A look at the NASA shutdown reveals the massive human cost and the programs that are affected when an agency is suddenly unfunded.

What a Government Shutdown Does to Each of Us

A government shutdown is again in the news. The key date is December 21. If federal agencies without funding do not get their money by then, they have to follow their shutdown rules. I suspect most of us will be…

Why We Might Have Another Partial Government Shutdown

To see why another partial government shutdown is a possibility, we can look at the Congress’s continuing resolutions (CRs).

Everything You Might Not Know About Government Shutdowns

While a government shutdown could just be called cutback because of an appropriations gap, a closer look reveals a fascinating host of issues and costs.

Government Shutdown Basics

If the Congress does not replace tomorrow’s expired continuing resolution with a temporary spending replacement, we will have another government shutdown.

A Close (Budget) Call

Having averted a shutdown last Friday, the Congress passed a continuing resolution that lets it fund government spending until April.

A Reason For Economic Uncertainty

Combining the continuing resolution and 11 of 12 omnibus spending spending bills, a fiscal policy compromise could avoid government shutdown.

The Difference Between the Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling

Let’s just do a shutdown and a ceiling primer today. The shutdown is all about the federal budget. Very simply stated, certain agencies need yearly (or a different time period) funding that has to be approved by the President and…

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…

Fiscal Policy: “Nonessential” Government Workers

Who is “nonessential?” No one. When the last lengthy shutdown unfolded for 21 days at the end 1995 into 1996, furloughed government workers objected to being called nonessential. One HHS deputy secretary said, “I want to make the point clearly…