Archive for January, 2018

Everything you always wanted to know about a government shutdown

January 19, 2018

Now that the specter of a government shutdown is (once again) upon us, it’s probably a good idea to review what that actually means. I’ll do it question and answer style, hopefully in a way that seems natural. What the heck is a “shutdown”? The actual term is “funding gap” or “lapse in appropriations.”...
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The debacle of the old congressional calendar or: how you know the Constitution wasn’t divinely inspired

January 3, 2018

Today is the start of the second session of the 115th Congress. Under the 20th amendment to the Constitution, Congress is directed to assemble at least once a year, at noon on January 3rd, unless by law they appoint a different day. The 20th amendment also specifies that the terms of the Representatives and...
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