Short-term funding of the government is currently set to expire on December 8. If funding is not extended by Congress, then most government operations would have to cease.
The processes and procedures by which such a shutdown would be executed, as well as its broader implications, were described in a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service.
“Government shutdowns have necessitated furloughs of several hundred thousand federal employees, required cessation or reduction of many government activities, and affected numerous sectors of the economy,” the CRS report said.
“The longest such shutdown lasted 21 full days during FY1996, from December 16, 1995, to January 6, 1996. More recently, a funding gap commenced on October 1, 2013, the first day of FY2014, after funding for the previous fiscal year expired.” It lasted 16 days. See Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects, November 30, 2017.
And see, relatedly, Funding Gaps and Government Shutdowns: CRS Experts, November 28, 2017.
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Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.
Deficits and Debt: Economic Effects and Other Issues, updated November 21, 2017
Nuclear Energy: Overview of Congressional Issues, updated November 27, 2017
Repair or Rebuild: Options for Electric Power in Puerto Rico, November 16, 2017
Social Security Primer, updated November 30, 2017
Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the 115th Congress, updated November 30, 2017
Statute of Limitation in Federal Criminal Cases: An Overview, updated November 14, 2017
Contested Elections in Honduras, CRS Insight, November 30, 2017
Colombia: Background and U.S. Relations, updated November 14, 2017
Iran’s Expanding Economic Relations with Asia, CRS Insight, November 29, 2017
New Zealand: Background and Bilateral Relations with the United States, updated November 13, 2017
Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress, updated November 30, 2017
Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, updated November 30, 2017
Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Hypervelocity Projectile: Background and Issues for Congress, updated November 30, 2017
Killing Endangered Species: What’s Reasonable Self-Defense?, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 29, 2017
Who’s the Boss at the CFPB?, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 28, 2017