Have you heard about the United States government partially shutting down?
Why did this happen?
The government in Washington makes decisions on how to spend the country’s money.
The two main parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, have very different ideas on how to best use that money. Those differences come into play when they’re trying to figure out how to budget the nation’s money.
In order to pass the budget the two parties need to agree, which at the moment isn’t happening.
The consequence of not agreeing is that the government partially shuts down until they can figure it out.
What does that mean?
Essential government employees such as soldiers, the people who deliver the mail, and the air traffic controllers who keep the planes free and clear to travel, all still have their jobs. But the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and other national parks are closed. This has affected 800,000 jobs.
How long is this going to go on?
As long as it takes for them to work it out. The last time this happened was 17 years ago (in 1995), it lasted a month.
Article written by Rachel
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