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Avoiding a Government Shutdown

Picture of Andrew Lukesh looking at an article about the near-government shutdown.

In September 2023, the United States faced the threat of an almost government shutdown. The US government avoided the federal shutdown after both the House and Senate agreed on a short-term funding deal. The impasse arose from a heated debate between Democrats and Republicans over funding for a critical infrastructure bill. With both parties firmly entrenched in their positions, negotiations reached an impasse, leaving the nation on the brink of a partial government closure.
As the deadline loomed closer, tensions grew higher, and concern spread throughout the country. The potential consequences of a government shutdown were frightening – federal employees would be suspended or forced to work without pay, essential services could be disrupted, and economic stability would be at risk. However, just hours before midnight on October 1st, an eleventh-hour compromise was reached. Both sides agreed to temporary funding measures that allowed crucial government functions to continue operating while negotiations continued. Alicia Haynes said in an interview, “A government shutdown is bad because it disrupts the essential government services and programs, affecting millions of people who rely on them. It also leads to financial instability for federal employees who may be put out of work or forced to work without pay, causing significant stress and hardship for them and their families. It’s also showing that the parties can’t agree on something regularly.” Although narrowly avoided this time, the near-government shutdown served as a stark reminder of the deep divisions within American politics and highlighted the need for bipartisan cooperation in addressing key issues facing the nation. Even though the government shutdown was avoided for this month, there has been talk that the government will end up in the same spot next month.

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Angela Lukesh
Angela Lukesh, Staff Member
Hello Palisade High School students, my name is Angela and I am a junior here at Palisade. I joined the newspaper class because everyone here resembles a family. This is my second year in the Palisade Paw Post. I moved to Grand Junction three years ago from Arizona. I love traveling and have been to many places and I’ve got the chance to experience different cultures. One of the best places I have visited is Seattle Washington. I am really excited to get to know all the new team members at the Paw Post this year.
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