The average adult can read prose at about 300 words per minute. To give you the information you need to know about the ongoing government shutdown, the DPR team has broken down the topic into less time than it takes to get food at the Events Pavilion
By Tara Bansal.
For the first time since 1995, the government has officially shutdown. One of the main responsibilities of the US Congress is to pass a government-funding bill each year by September 30th, the end of the fiscal year. The current Congress has been unable to do so due to conflict in the spending budget over stipulations regarding the repeal of “Obamacare”.
Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Healthcare and Patient Protection Act, was passed in 2010 and asserts that all Americans must have health insurance by 2014. Many Republicans, led in the Senate as Texan Senator Ted Cruz, believe that Obamacare should be repealed, or at the very least defunded, claiming that it results in too much federal overreach and could hurt employers. Countless Democrats disagree and assert that this healthcare bill can reign in rising coverage costs and expand access of medical treatment to disadvantaged Americans; thus, Democrats refuse to authorize any spending bill that would interfere with the healthcare policy.
When a shutdown occurs, most functions of the government are delayed: national parks, museums, and federal offices will close, many law enforcement officers will be asked to work without pay, and more than 750,000 federal employees will be furloughed. However, critical services- such as postal service, Social Security payments, and of course, Congressional paychecks, will still arrive.
Estimates indicate that the quarterly GDP is reduced by 0.15% for every week the government shutdown lasts. This shutdown can last days or weeks – until Republicans and Democrats can reconcile and compromise; a joint committee is currently working on designing a budget that can be passed in both houses of Congress soon.