As you should have heard there is a government shutdown that is upon us right now. People may have the perception that because the government is shut down, the whole country will be in total chaos but the fact that the government is down only means that Congress could not come up with an agreement on how to fund the government. Each year the House and Senate are supposed to agree on 12 bills to fund the federal agencies and set spending priorities. But this year Congress could not come up with an agreement or solution to balance the necessities that the government needs to operate and therefore there is a government shutdown upon us.
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