Shutdown 2013

A Roundup of GovExec's Government Shutdown Coverage
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Republicans See an Upside to a Government Shutdown Over Immigration

November 20, 2014 Shutdowns are a showcase for intransigence, but they haven’t yet spelled electoral doom for the GOP.

Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed there won't be another shutdown.

Despite Promises, Path to Avoiding a Shutdown Remains Treacherous

November 17, 2014 Some lawmakers are again threatening to play political football with agency funding.

What Are the Lessons Learned from the 2013 Shutdown? Agencies Have No Idea.

November 17, 2014 Report says agencies did not document how they dealt with last year's shutdown.

Mount Rainier National Park taped up signs in October 2013.

An Unhappy Anniversary to the Government Shutdown and Healthcare.gov

October 1, 2014 With the midterm congressional elections just over a month away, both parties are using the milestone to refresh voters' memories.

Hill Agenda This Week: Keep Government Open and Arm Syrian Rebels

September 15, 2014 Congress has plenty to tackle in its last week before recess.

A Primer on Federal Pay and Benefits in Case the Government Shuts Down Again

September 4, 2014 Washington leaders have vowed to keep agencies funded past Sept. 30, but nothing is a done deal.

Will Republicans Shut Down the Government Again?

August 27, 2014 House GOP leaders fear a conservative revolt when government funding comes up for a vote next month.

Feds Who Worked During Shutdown Could Still Receive Bonus Pay

August 5, 2014 First ruling in shutdown lawsuit is mostly favorable for those forced to work.

Virginia Hasn't Learned Anything From Last Year's Government Shutdown

April 16, 2014 The commonwealth's current budget impasse centers around Medicaid expansion.

It’s Official: Shutting Down National Parks Last Year Was Bad for Local Communities

March 3, 2014 Every dollar of state emergency funding generated $10 in visitor spending during the 2013 government shutdown, the Park Service found.

"I doubt that the House, or, for that matter, the Senate, is willing to give the president a clean debt-ceiling increase," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

Rest Up From the Budget Fight, Because There's a Debt Ceiling One Around the Corner

December 17, 2013 Republicans are trying to figure out what they can get using the debt limit as leverage.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

Appropriators Will Work Through the Holidays to Avoid a Shutdown

December 17, 2013 Congress must pass a spending package implementing the budget deal by Jan. 15.

An End to Budget Fatigue?

December 16, 2013 As the budget deal approaches, lawmakers envision a future without major fiscal fights.

Paul Ryan Says Conservative Attacks Are a 'Strange New Normal'

December 11, 2013 As outside groups pile on, the Republican budget negotiator says he is sticking to principles.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Budget Agreement Eases Pentagon's Sequester Pain

December 11, 2013 Deal gives the Defense Department about $31.5 billion in relief over two years.

“One of the most difficult challenges we faced as we worked through this, was the issue of federal employees and military,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., during a press conference with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Budget Deal Asks New Feds to Contribute More to Pensions

December 10, 2013 Bipartisan panel also asks military retirees to sacrifice, spares current workers.

The American Federation of Government Employees attributes the growth in part to its visibility during the shutdown.

Federal Employee Unions Gain Members Post-Shutdown

December 9, 2013 Despite shrinking workforce, unions are growing.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

House GOP Poised to Push Straight Funding Bill to Avoid Shutdown

December 5, 2013 If budget talks fail, Republicans will approve a stopgap spending measure before recess that includes the sequester cuts.

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Congressional Vacation Set to Create Another Fiscal Crisis

November 26, 2013 Lawmakers will soon be forced to debate another stopgap spending measure to avoid a shutdown in January.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D- Va.

Virginia Senator: Don’t Target Feds in Deficit Reduction Deal

November 25, 2013 Repeatedly going after federal employees’ pay and benefits is affecting workforce morale, recruitment and retention, Democrat tells congressional budget panel.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio

House GOP Prepares Fallback Plan to Avoid January Shutdown

November 22, 2013 They're considering a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the government through April 15.

Old Faithful is one of the more popular attractions at Yellowstone National Park.

Hearing on Response to Park Closures During the Shutdown Less Than Idyllic

November 22, 2013 Discussion devolves into attacks on President Obama.

Budget Office: Next Debt Ceiling D-Day Could Come in March

November 21, 2013 The government will exhaust its emergency borrowing authority between March and June 2014 if Congress does not act, report estimates.

Budget Officials: Across-the-Board Cuts Are the ‘Lazy’ Way Out

November 20, 2013 Survey respondents now prefer a more targeted approach.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., cochair of the conference committee.

Partisans Clash Over Strategy on Budget Talks

November 20, 2013 Conference committee is under pressure to come up with a proposal before its Dec. 13 deadline.

In a letter Monday to Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, the conference co-chairs, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky. (pictured), and other leading Republicans seek a "timely agreement."

Appropriators Warn Budget Conference to Work Fast

November 19, 2013 If a 'timely agreement' cannot be reached, the alternatives could lead to 'extremely damaging repercussions,' Republicans caution.

Did the Shutdown Even Matter?

November 19, 2013 With less than four weeks to go, there is little sense of urgency on a budget deal.

Which Metro Area Has the Highest Share of Federal Employees? Hint: Not Washington

November 15, 2013 The D.C. area actually ranks fourth in concentration of federal workers.

Pentagon Comptroller: Budget Uncertainty is 'Taking Its Toll'

November 14, 2013 Hale recounts how spending strategies are formed, then tossed.

There is too much distrust, insularity and inexperience right now in Congress, said former Iowa Republican Jim Nussle.

Former Lawmaker to Congress: Don’t Be So Self-Righteous

November 14, 2013 Mistrust and insularity on Capitol Hill are hampering serious discussion about the role of government, says former Republican House member and OMB chief.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

How the Budget Deal Will Die

November 13, 2013 As the conference holds its second meeting, Republicans and Democrats are already drawing lines.

OMB Puts Shutdown’s Federal Payroll Cost at $2.5 Billion

November 7, 2013 Feds took a total of 6.6 million furlough days; lost productivity not tabulated.

Hundreds Who Worked During Shutdown Join Lawsuit Against Government

November 7, 2013 More than 500 federal employees are seeking compensation for hardships caused by delayed paychecks.

A sign outside of Treasury indicates the closure of one entrance due to the government shutdown Oct. 1.

OMB to Tabulate Shutdown Cost, Flesh Out Management Agenda

November 6, 2013 Interim controller tells CFO group of coming flexibility in reporting requirements.

Democratic Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe

Shutdown Helps McAuliffe Win in Virginia

November 6, 2013 People affected by the shutdown voted for the Democrat by 57-36 percent.

Employees Sue Government Over Shutdown

November 4, 2013 Collective action suit demands damages for excepted workers because they weren’t paid on time.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

GOP Moderates Organize Against Another Shutdown

November 4, 2013 Moderates in both chambers promise to speak up.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., front, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., appear to be the main players in the budget negotiations.

Budget Conference: A Committee of Two?

October 31, 2013 Negotiators won't be formally sitting down as a group again until Nov. 13.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has introduced a bill to end government shutdowns.

Budget Negotiators Agree on One Thing: Avoiding Another Shutdown

October 30, 2013 First conference committee meeting reinforces other divides, sets up fight over sequestration.

Budget Negotiators Will Carry Out Most of Their Work in Private

October 30, 2013 Curtain will close after Wednesday's inaugural meeting.