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Congress is responsible for passing annual appropriations to fund government agencies. If Congress neglects to pass funding bills, government agencies are forced to shut down. Follow all of Federal News Radio's government shutdown coverage from the past several years.
Shutdown poll: Will they or won't they?
Wednesday - 9/25/2013, 1:39pm EDT
The deadline for Congress to pass a funding bill — Sept. 30 — is inching closer. Shutdown threats and last-minute deals have become relatively common in recent years. In April 2011, lawmakers went to the 11th hour — literally — before coming up with short-term spending deal to stave off a government shutdown.
The last actual shutdown hit the government in mid-December 1995 and lasted into early 1996, for a total of 21 days.
So, what do you think? After all the political rhetoric and wrangling, is the government heading for a shutdown — this time for certain?
Take our poll and let us know what you think the odds are. Also, leave us a comment and share your thoughts. Were you around for the 1995-1996 shutdown? How do you remember it? If there is one this time, how do you think it will play out?
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