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What are US government shutdowns?

Asked on 12-01-2019 by Aaradhya Tata

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US government shutdowns refer to a situation when the Congress fails to pass or the President refuses to sign legislation approving funding for US federal government services and agencies. In this case, the Congress has failed to reach a funding agreement. During shutdowns, many non-essential services are stopped, and federal employees either work without pay, or are barred from working.

How many shutdowns happened under the Trump administration?

Asked on 12-01-2019 by Chirag Malhotra

Answered by NewsBytes

There have been three government shutdowns under the Trump administration - all three happened in 2018-19. The first shutdown took place in January and lasted three days. The second shutdown happened in February, but was resolved. The third shutdown is still ongoing.

Which was the longest shutdown prior to this?

Asked on 12-01-2019 by Angel Saxena

Answered by NewsBytes

Prior to the ongoing shutdown, the longest US government shutdown happened during the Clinton era, when the government remained shut for 21 days, from December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996.

Will federal employees never get paid for the work they do during shutdowns?

Asked on 12-01-2019 by Hemant Verma

Answered by NewsBytes

That is unlikely to be the case. Federal employees are general paid retroactively when the government shutdown ends. However, till such time the shutdown lasts, they will not get paid.

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