Government Shutdown

Each year, Congress passes 12 appropriations bills to fund the government, sometimes combined into a single bill called an “omnibus” or a few bills called “minibuses.” When these bills are enacted, programs covered by them receive their full-year funding, and the government is said to have passed a budget. However, if these bills are not passed and there is no continuing resolution (CR) in place to temporarily fund the government, then portions of the government that have not been funded by law must shut down.

The federal government funds thousands of activities across 900 budget accounts annually—programs that make the country run. A government shutdown halts many of these essential services that people rely on and puts hundreds more at risk.

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 15, 2019. (Getty/Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

Military Service Members and U.S. National Security Will Pay the Price for Trump’s Manufactured Emergency

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Trump’s Shutdown Threatened the American Dream, Especially for People of Color Article
Even after the end of the government shutdown, federal employees continue to line up outside the World Central Kitchen for free food and coffee, January 28, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Trump’s Shutdown Threatened the American Dream, Especially for People of Color

More than 228,000 people of color were furloughed or forced to work without pay because of the president’s decision to shut down the government in an effort to gain funding for a border wall.

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The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-January 2019 Jobs Release Article
A Transportation Security Administration agent works at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago during the partial government shutdown on January 7, 2019. (Getty/Scott Olson)

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-January 2019 Jobs Release

Policymakers and economists need to center populations who face high labor market barriers when evaluating the health of the labor market.

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5 Ways the Trump Shutdown Is Harming Struggling Workers, Families, and Communities Article
President Donald Trump answers questions from the press as he departs the White House, January 2019. (Getty/Win McNamee)

5 Ways the Trump Shutdown Is Harming Struggling Workers, Families, and Communities

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Fact Sheets: How the Trump Shutdown Harms States Article
Due to President Trump's shutdown of the government, this national park facility is closed in Philadelphia, January 8, 2019. (Getty/Mark Makela)

Fact Sheets: How the Trump Shutdown Harms States

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Immigration Priorities in the 116th Congress Article
The U.S. Capitol dome stands under a cloudy sky, January 2019. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

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Big News in Old Data: Sharp Public Cuts Are Undermining the Recovery Article
Public spending and investment are critical to our nation's economic growth. (AP/Nati Harnik)

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October 2013 Report
The recent federal government shutdown negatively affected the economy this month. (Flickr/wizzer2801)

October 2013

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Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a rally at the World War II Memorial in Washington, Sunday, October 13, 2013. (AP/Alex Brandon)

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The Impact of the Government Shutdown on People of Color Article
Felicia Evans Long, a program analyst at the National Institutes of Health who is currently furloughed due to the partial federal government shutdown, stands outside her home in Rockville, Maryland, Thursday, October 3, 2013. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

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