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So..... anyone noticed that the Federal Government will SHUT DOWN on October 1 ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 14, 2010 04:09PM
'Cause CNN says Congre$$ hasn't approved da budget
"The new fiscal year starts on October 1, and there are no signs Congress will have a new budget in place by then. This is inexcusable. Our national debt now tops $13 trillion. Annual deficits are running at more than $1 trillion. And without a budget it is impossible to have any idea what the hell the government is doing with our money. Our money."
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Hooyah... THIS is gonna be a fun election season ! Cue the commentary:

Dems: The Republicans just say NO !
Repubs: The Democrats won't deal !

The Public: Go for it... shut 'er down ! We're tired of the BS.
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Re: So..... anyone noticed that the Federal Government will SHUT DOWN on October 1 ?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 14, 2010 04:11PM
But the government don't do nuthin' no-how. It ain't gonna make no nevermind.
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Re: So..... anyone noticed that the Federal Government will SHUT DOWN on October 1 ?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: September 14, 2010 04:23PM
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Traditionally, Congress spends most of its energies in September finishing the budget for the following year. This year will be no different. As of mid-August, the House had passed just two of the thirteen appropriations bills, while the Senate had passed none. The bills technically must be passed by October 1, the beginning of the 2011 fiscal year.

Unless, that is, Congress passes a Continuing Resolution. Such a bill would continue to fund the government at 2010 levels (plus a small increase for inflation) for a specified amount of time after the start of the 2011 fiscal year. Continuing Resolutions can also include changes to specific programs, although Congress usually tries to keep these to a minimum, preferring to deal with policy changes in normal appropriations bills. Congress frequently uses Continuing Resolutions to give itself more time to finish the appropriations bills, especially in election years.

It is likely that Congress will put off much of the work on the 2011 budget until after the November election. It could take up the appropriations bills during a “Lame-Duck” session after the election, or simply continue funding the government at 2010 levels well into 2011. This is not uncommon. Congress has only managed to pass all 13 appropriations bills by 1 October four times since 1977, the most recent being 1997.

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Re: So..... anyone noticed that the Federal Government will SHUT DOWN on October 1 ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 14, 2010 04:40PM
$tevie.... dang... you're taking all the fun out of it... Typical EE.... big grin smiley
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Re: So..... anyone noticed that the Federal Government will SHUT DOWN on October 1 ?
Posted by: Pam
Date: September 14, 2010 05:33PM
Yeah, CRs happen all of the time. Unfortunately it means operating at bare minimum and prevents Federal agencies from buying things we really need.

I do remember when the Federal government did shut down for a few weeks when the Republicans in congress and Clinton butted heads. Fortunately it was over the Christmas holidays so it had minimal impact. Except on my baby girl who couldn't understand why day care was closed for 3 weeks and started having night terrors as her routine was so drastically altered.
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Re: So..... anyone noticed that the Federal Government will SHUT DOWN on October 1 ?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 15, 2010 01:16AM
Taking all the fun out of what? Faux outrage?
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