Government Shutdowns

Government Shutdown
Federal employees left without pay line up to receive aid. Many have been working unpaid for weeks.

The current government shutdown is the longest in U.S. history, affecting up to a million public workers.
Learn more about the causes of the shutdown, and other shutdowns through history.

Timeline of Immigration Legislation | Timeline of Government Shutdowns | U.S. Economy and the Federal Budget

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