The Speaker’s Lobby: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to a possible government shutdown
1. Understand What a Government Shutdown is: A government shutdown occurs when Congress does not pass a new budget and the federal government is forced to close down, shutting down all non-essential services and operations.
2. Be Aware of the Possibility: Every year, Congress must pass a budget for the federal government to operate. If Congress doesn’t pass a budget, or extends existing funding, a government shutdown could occur.
3. Prepare Yourself: If a government shutdown is imminent, make sure to get your paperwork in order and start saving cash in case your access to programs like Social Security and Medicare are disrupted.
4. Pay Attention to the News: Be sure to stay updated on the status of the government’s budget and any shutdown warnings issued by the President or Congress. Look for news articles, or even through social media, to ensure you’re aware of any news that could affect a government shutdown.
5. Make Plans Ahead of Time: If it looks like a government shutdown is likely, make plans ahead of time so you’re prepared. Start preparing by researching ways to continue to receive necessary services, and contact your local government offices to learn how it can help you in the case of a shutdown.
6. Understand the Risks: If a government shutdown occurs, there are serious risks associated. Shutdowns can lead to delayed payments, fewer services, and delays to important government programs. Additionally, government shutdowns can lead to disruptions in the stock markets and a decrease in consumer confidence.
7. Stay Informed: The best way to prepare for a possible government shutdown is to stay informed. Keep up-to-date on the status of the government’s budget and any shutdown-related news that’s made available. This will help ensure you’re as prepared as possible if a government shutdown does occur.