Feds Prepare For Possible Government Shutdown After Friday
Matt | On 05, Apr 2011
Time is running out for the federal government. The “Closed For Business” sign is looking more and more like a reality for Washington, D.C.
Of course, I’m referring to the very real possibility of a federal government shutdown by the end of this week. It comes from the failure to compromise on the 2010-2011 budget (yes, they are WAY behind!). The budget year began on October 1, 2010 and runs through September 30, 2011.
The only things that has saved the federal government so far are a string of continuing resolutions, or temporary budget approvals that last over a few weeks/months. They aren’t the answer to the problem, however.
So, what does this mean for you?
If the government shuts down at the close of business on Friday, by Monday there will be a lot of federal agencies not open for business on Monday. Trying to get a passport? Nope. The State Department will be closed. Have a question about your VA benefits? Try again. The Department of Veterans Affairs folks will be at home asleep. The staffs of Congress members will not get paid, as well as thousands of other federal employees. The White House and lawmakers are already preparing their people for a potential work stop.
Government shutdowns are real and they do not end unless a solid budget is agreed upon and passed by Congress. They may completely stop working on everything until they get an approved budget.
Smile everyone. This is your government “hard at work.” ::shakes head::