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Does a Government Shutdown Mean That the Purge is Here?

Jordan Doughty, reporter

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No need to panic- no purge is on the horizon!  Last Friday the government headed to a shutdown causing an uproar throughout the nation.  On Friday, congress needed to pass a budget resolution to fund the government but since the political parties could not come to an agreement on the bill, they were forced into a ‘shutdown’. The biggest disagreement that the parties are having is on the issue of an immigration budget for programs like DACA ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Just because the government is shutdown, does not mean that all federal operations pause. But many of the government’s primary duties will continue to be performed, even though the workers may not be paid for it. When the government shuts down, that doesn’t mean that all federal operations do too — just the ones deemed ‘nonessential’. Nonessential federal workers are furloughed, and they are sent home and docked pay.  During the last shutdown, 850,000 executive-branch employees were furloughed for jobs like things such as processing passport and visa applications, maintaining government websites and working at national parks or monuments.

There have been 12 shutdowns since 1981, lasting from one day to 21 days. The last shutdown was in 2013 and lasted 16 days. Many sources say the government will open back up soon but it will all depend on how fast the parties can agree on a budget.

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