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United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019

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So why HAS the US government shut down? - BBC News

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Government shutdown threatens federal workers' holiday plans

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Government shutdown begins

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No payday for federal employees due to government shutdown

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Government shutdown: Day One

The second shutdown of the United States federal government in 2018—which has continued into January 2019—began at midnight EST on Saturday, December 22. It occurred when the United States Congress and President Donald Trump could not agree on an appropriations bill to fund the operations of the federal government for the 2019 fiscal year, or a temporary continuing resolution that would extend the deadline for passing a bill. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal departments or agencies from conducting non-essential operations without appropriations legislation in place. As a result, nine executive departments with around 800,000 employees had to shut down partially or in full, affecting about one-fourth of government activities. This is the longest U.S. government shutdown in which federal workers have been furloughed.