Is this Government Gridlock On Track To Be The Longest Shutdown Since 1976?
Contributed by J. Cecil Bowman from noted references.
The partial government shutdown that started Saturday is now expected to That means it's already on track to be one of the longest ever.
"The history of government gridlock shows a pattern: Shutdowns are usually resolved in just a few days, or they drag on for two or three weeks."
The shutdowns start when the president and Congress can't agree on government funding — and the longer they last, the more they hurt the economy. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are furloughed, services are ceased and major tourist attractions close. Standard & Poor's estimated last year that shutdowns cost the U.S. $6.5 billion a week. The last major shutdown, in 2013, cost $24 billion - a rate of nearly $1.5 billion a day, according to S&P.
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