The main cause of the government shutdown is congress not passing the appropriation bills. I think it is ridiculous that furlough workers are at risk or are currently having their pay checks compromised. This is especially frustrating given that Congress members receive upwards of 174,000$ annually. Despite the shutdown, the government will continue to spend on things that they consider to be “mandatory”. Because of this the idea that the shutdown will put off the eventual debt ceiling is not an accurate one.
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