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The Various Plans to Avert Future Government Shutdowns

January 31, 2019 / Erich Wagner

In recent weeks, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been brainstorming ways to end the practice of shutting down federal agencies if Congress cannot reach an agreement on how to fund them before a spending deadline hits. Following the end of the 35-day partial government shutdown, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated cost $11 billion in economic activity and more than $3 billion in wages paid to furloughed employees to not work, members of Congress said they have had their fill of shutdown politics.