What really happens during a government shutdown?
- Commerce: 41,600 out of 47,900 total employees will be put on furlough
- Defense (only applies to civilian workforce): 370,000 out of 740,000 total employees will be put on furlough
- Education: 3,700 out of 3,900 total employees will be put on furlough
- Environmental Protection Agency: 13,700 out of 14,400 total employees will be put on furlough
What agencies are affected by government shutdown?
While some essential work, such as mail delivery and law enforcement, is still being performed, the shutdown has affected operations at nine departments, including Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, and several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA. Much work has ground to a halt.
What is the deadline for a government shutdown?
The government will have to be funded by Sept. 30 to prevent a shutdown. The debt limit will have to be extended this fall to prevent a global economic collapse.
How long will the government shutdown last?
The shutdown lasts for three days, during which more than half a million government employees are furloughed. Though budget disputes continue for some time, Congress agrees to a short-term funding bill to reopen the government. Toward the tail end of 2018, Congress approves small-scale appropriations bills to fund most of the government.