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Government shutdown 2011

by Aimee Keenan-Greene

Americans spent a good part of the day searching for information on the impending government shutdown, according to Google Trends.

The Washington Post says the White House and Congress engaged in last-minute negotiations over the 2011 budget late into Friday night.

If no agreement is reached, a shutdown could begin early Saturday in Washington.

That's because, according to the NY Times, the rule is that federal agencies cannot operate without spending authority provided by Congress. That authority expires Friday night for most federal agencies. Federal employees can continue work to safeguard human life, to protect federal property or to shut down government functions in an orderly way. A shutdown could idle 800,000 of the 1.9 million civilian federal workers. 

If the government shuts down at midnight, it would be the 18th time it will have happened ever.

Click here for more on the trending news of the government shutdown, and what services will be affected.

 

Recent development

Government shutdown avoided
by Aimee Keenan-Greene

With just an hour to go, House Majority Leader John Boehner just announced there's a short-term deal between Congress and President Obama to avoid a shutdown and keep the government open, according to the Associated Press and major televisions outlets that carried his press conference live.

Americans spent a good part of the day searching for information on the potential government shutdown, according to Google Trends.

The Washington Post says the White House and Congress engaged in last-minute negotiations over the 2011 budget late into Friday night.

If no agreement were  reached, a shutdown would have begun early Saturday in Washington.

That's because, according to the NY Times, the rule is that federal agencies cannot operate without spending authority provided by Congress. That authority expires Friday night for most federal agencies. Federal employees can continue work to safeguard human life, to protect federal property or to shut down government functions in an orderly way. A shutdown could idle 800,000 of the 1.9 million civilian federal workers. 

If the government shut down  it would have been the 18th time it had happened.

Click here for more on the trending news of the deal to avoid a government shutdown.