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Government Shutdown

Big News in Old Data: Sharp Public Cuts Are Undermining the Recovery

The big news in today’s GDP report is the public sector’s rapidly shrinking economic contribution, which is driving not only trend U.S. economic growth lower but also our potential for future growth.

By Adam Hersh | Thursday, November 7, 2013

October 2013

article icon Issue Brief Congress must move past its partisan pettiness and enact policies to help the American economy.

By Christian E. Weller and Sam Ungar | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hating Government but Loving Its Programs

Sen. Ted CruzThe conservatives who engineered the government shutdown are complaining about the new lack of programs and services.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Missing Urgency and Wrong Priorities

Instead of focusing on the urgent need for job creation, House Republican leaders are holding the nation’s economic well-being hostage.

By Christian E. Weller | Friday, October 11, 2013

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on People of Color

Felicia Evans LongWe examine federal civilian employees who are being furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and what that means for employees of color.

By Farah Z. Ahmad | Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Piecemeal Approach to Funding the Government Makes No Sense

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) bars icon Charts House Republicans' current approach to government funding—through small, targeted appropriations for a select group of government functions—is impractical and irresponsible.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Then and Now: The Truth About Government Shutdowns

CapitolMeasured in workdays lost, the current shutdown is already the third longest in history and involves a far larger share of the government than either of the two shutdowns that were of longer duration.

By Scott Lilly | Friday, October 4, 2013

Shutdown Adds Insult to Injury for Crumbling National Parks and Monuments

Despite House Republican claims that funding national parks is noncontroversial, public lands have been plagued by drastic budget cuts, seasonal closures, proposed land sell-offs, and a freeze on new parks since the Tea Party takeover of the House.

By Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Have They No Shame?

Food assistanceRepublicans who slash essential programs for those in need are modern-day Pharaohs.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Senate Continuing Resolution Is Already a Compromise

CapitolIf the Tea Party shuts the government down, it will not be because progressives were inflexible.

By Michael Linden and Harry Stein | Monday, September 30, 2013

Good Grief! How Did We End Up on the Verge of Another Government Shutdown?

The federal government is on the brink of shutting down yet again, although most Americans don’t understand the fight taking place in Washington. Here’s what happened.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, September 30, 2013

Progressives Just Made a Huge Concession to Keep the Government Open, but the Tea Party Might Shut It Down Anyway

The Senate’s continuing resolution prevents a government shutdown, but it does not avert another round of deep spending cuts.

By Harry Stein | Friday, September 27, 2013