Why is US government staring at a shutdown? What would it mean for you?

ByAdarsh Kumar Gupta
Sep 23, 2023 03:18 AM IST

The fiscal year for the federal government in the USA, starts from October 1 to September 30 of the next calendar year.

New fiscal year is set to begin in the United States on October 1 but before that fears are rife that the federal government may shutdown. To avoid the shutdown, the congress is trying to come to an agreement over the government's funding. A short-term continuing resolution that would have kept the government funded for 30 days, was planned but talks have derailed.

President Joe Biden (AP)
President Joe Biden (AP)

Notably, the fiscal year for the federal government in the USA, starts from October 1 to September 30 of the next calendar year.

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As the threat of a shutdown looms, US President Joe Biden took a dig on Thursday, at those who have been derailing government's efforts to avoid the shutdown.

Biden tweeted on Thursday, "Last time there was a government shutdown, 800,000 Americans were furloughed or worked without pay. But enjoy your weekend."

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Who would be working during US government shutdown ?

A shutdown leads to reduction in some government activities and furloughing of federal government employees. The government stops imparting non-essential services.

Essential services will be on, but those employees on the job will be without pay. Some essential services which will be active are US military personnel, FBI, the Secret Service , the Drug Enforcement Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During the shutdown, U.S. embassies and consulates will function but with reduced workload.

Even scientific institutions in the US like National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will furlough their existing staff and work to meet only the very essential requirements.

Operations at airports in the US might be affected in the event of shutdown happening. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) won't be affected as it is not dependent on Congress for its funding.

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