U.S. Government Shutdown

"U.S. government shutdown" refers to a situation in which the U.S. government stops providing non-essential services to the taxpayers; for example, national parks and museums close their doors. The reason for this is a lack of available funding. A government shutdown is nothing new to the U.S. economy. There have been many instances when the U.S. government temporarily stopped providing non-essential services, but then shortly after, they were resumed. Past government shutdowns, in general, weren’t severe--the shutdowns didn’t last long. The longest U.S. government shutdown was during President Bill Clinton's period, and it lasted 21 days.

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