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Professor of Political Science Nick Beauchamp explains how the government shut down would affect you

The Capitol is seen under early morning skies in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The Senate approved legislation to temporarily fund the government late last night, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico. The House is expected to vote before Friday's deadline, when funding for a portion of the government expires. Without resolution, more than 800,000 federal workers would face furloughs or be forced to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As the United States steadily marches toward a budget shortage that would kick off a Christmastime government shutdown, a deal to bridge the spending gap is teetering in the balance. But what makes this looming shutdown different from others in the past few years, said Nick Beauchamp, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern, is who will be blamed for it.

“The game with this shutdown brinkmanship is which side, Democrats or Republicans, gets more blame for it,” he said. “This time around, [President Donald] Trump just said he’d take responsibility for it.”

Why might the government shut down?


Congress has until midnight on Friday, Dec. 21 to avert a partial shutdown, because nine federal agencies will run out of money by then. To prevent this, Congress can either pass legislation to fund those agencies or by pass a stopgap measure that would keep those nine agencies funded at their current levels for a short period.  

By Wednesday, it appeared Congress would do the latter. A bill passed the Senate late Wednesday night that would’ve funded those nine agencies through Feb. 8.

Read the full story on News at Northeastern. 

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