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Federal government shuts down for first time in 17 years

The federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years on Oct. 1 when Congress could not agree on 12 appropriations bills to fund federal agencies and set spending priorities. The shutdown will continue indefinitely, until Congress can pass some sort of budget to continue funding.
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The federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years on Oct. 1 when Congress could not agree on 12 appropriations bills to fund federal agencies and set spending priorities. The shutdown will continue indefinitely, until Congress can pass some sort of budget to continue funding.

In recent years Congress has resorted to stopgap budget to keep the government funded, known as “continuing resolutions.” The last stopgap passed March 28 ended on Sept. 30. The Senate and the House could not agree what the new stopgap should look like, and consequently the government was forced to shutdown.

Congress could not agree on a budget because the House passed a spending bill that maintains spending levels but does not provide funding to implement the Affordable Care Act. The Senate insists that the program be fully funded and that Congress pass a continuing resolution without policy changes.

The government has shut down occurred 17 times since 1977. Most lasted no more than three days. The longest and most recent was in 1996 and lasted 21 days.

President Barack Obama made a statement in regards to the shutdown on Tuesday. He blamed the Republicans in the House for refusing to come to an agreement with the Democrat-controlled Senate.

“This republican shutdown did not have to happen,” Obama said. “They demanded ransom just for doing their job.”

Many aspects of the federal government will continue functioning. The postal service is still delivering mail, social security checks are still being written and food inspections will continue.

The shutdown has resulted in the closing of national parks, federally owned museums, offices overseas that give visas, many federal regulatory agencies, NASA, IRS call centers and most offices that handle federal grants and contracts. In addition, 800,000 federal civilian workers will be furloughed and will go unpaid.

Ironically, the shutdown has no affect on the Affordable Care Act, which has been the main cause for disagreement over a budget in Congress. The state-run exchanges for the uninsured opened as scheduled Oct. 1.

"The marketplaces will be open on Tuesday, no matter what, even if there is a government shutdown," Obama said Friday.

In Texas, thousands of federal workers began furloughs. National parks and the Johnson Space Center in Houston are places that are most affected by the shutdown. Three presidential libraries in Texas are also closing its doors.

For the UT System, little effect will be felt from the shutdown since current funding for federal grant research is already in place. However, there may be a long term affect on federally funded research. Also, students may see delays in federal loans and grants as personnel who process those are furloughed.

Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, director of UT System public affairs said the system is “hopeful that Congress reaches a compromise soon so the impact will be minimal.”

At UT, the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum was closed since it is federally funded. Robert Meckel, director of UT public affairs, says the library is affected more than anything else.

“As far as the university itself, we see minimal impact both on research and student financial services,” Meckel said. “We don’t expect see any long term impacts.”

Obama finished his statement the morning of Oct. 1 with a direct message to Congress.

“Pass a budget, end the shutdown and pay your bills,” Obama said. “We’re better than this.”

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