Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. government services would be disrupted and hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed without pay if Congress fails to provide funding for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Workers deemed “essential” would remain on the job, but without pay.
Many government agencies have not updated shutdown plans they have prepared in the past.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated the effects of the five-week partial shutdown of the government that began in December 2018 and ran through January 25, 2019. Their findings showed that the partial shutdown delayed approximately $18 billion in federal discretionary spending for compensation and purchases of goods and services and suspended some federal services.
As a result of economic activity, CBO estimated that real gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2018 was reduced by $3 billion in relation to what it would have been otherwise. In the first quarter 2019, the level of real GDP was estimated to be $8 billion lower than it would have been—an effect reflecting both the five-week partial shutdown and the resumption in economic activity once funding resumed.
A September 19, 2023, report from the Democrats on the House Committee on the Budget calls shutdowns costly and foolish.
The committee report says the Republican-induced shutdown would divert resources from their intended purpose causing agencies to create shutdown preparation plans and lose substantial worker productivity: a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars.
Report from the National Partnership for Women & Families shows Post-Dobbs, the cuts sought by Republican leaders would be devastating for all women, particularly women of color, and their families. See the full report >
Post-Dobbs, House Republican leaders use every avenue to control and oppress women
More than one year after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, the appropriations bills put forward by House Republican leaders make clear their intent to continue the unrelenting efforts of extremists to erode women’s rights and eliminate hard-won protections essential to women’s survival. The bills include dangerous proposals that would diminish women’s quality of life by zeroing out or severely weakening programs aimed at protecting women’s health, reproductive health services, equitable workplaces, and pay. The cuts sought by Republican leaders, as outlined in the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) appropriations bills, would be devastating for all women, particularly women of color, and their families. After agreeing to a bipartisan, bicameral deal that set spending levels for FY24, they effectively want to renegotiate by demanding severe and drastic cuts at the expense of America’s working families, and threatening a government shutdown in October if they don’t get their way.
Children, Families, Farmers Among the Most Impacted by Reckless Cuts
House Republicans are still more focused on introducing extreme funding bills than working on a bipartisan solution that could be enacted. Their funding bill would only keep the government open until October 31, 2023. This deadline guarantees Congress will need to pass another Continuing Resolution (CR) and means that either House Republicans will slash critical resources again at the end of October or the dangerous cuts in this extreme bill will be in place until Congress is able to pass all 12 full-year bills.