Government Shutdown: Why Does It Always Seem to Be Coming? –

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) — Congress may have narrowly avoided another doomsday government shutdown this week.

While the headlines may seem overly dramatic, the shutdowns may actually be a huge crisis for Americans and the American economy.

But the United States is the only country in the world where this is a problem. Why is it a big problem? This is why:

One of the main jobs of Congress is to decide a budget and financing for the government, this includes providing money for each of the 12 main federal agencies. Sometimes they are combined into one giant bill, called an omnibus, totaling more than $1.5 trillion.

Since 1974, the deadline to pass all these budgets has been October 1. But it wasn’t a big deal if Congress didn’t approve the funds by that date because the agencies could pay for things with money left over from the previous year’s budget.

All that changed in 1981.

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