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The government here already shut down a few years ago.
It just means that they didn't pass a budget so they can't pay people and they have to go on unpaid leave.
It's not ideal but it's not as intense as it sounds.
const54923yCould you explain me guys what's happening?
@kai18 yeah so the federal budget process is fairly complicated, so I'll be vastly over simplifying it.
But the president requests a budget, then there are a multitude of steps within Congress that occur where the president isn't involved, but none of these steps involve any laws/taxes being enacted (because the president would have to sign).
Then after all that, it goes to the president and he either passes or vetos it.
If he vetos it, it goes back to Congress and they can override it with 2/3rds vote (IMO this would rarely happen with a budget resolution).
So the president does really have the power to shut down the government, unless our divided Congress can come together to pass a budget, but they couldn't even come to a consensus a few years ago, and it didn't even make it to Obama for him to pass/veto.