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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:24 PM

14. "How can any shutdown be legal?"

Because of this provision in the U.S. Constitution -

Article I

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Section 9.

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No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.

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https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei


When Congress fails to enact appropriations (money to be distributed for government functions) then the federal government is forbidden from "spending" (goods, services, salaries) what has not been authorized by law (appropriations legislation). This is different from the "budget" which is a separate set of legislation.

This is why Democrats have been proposing to pass a law to have a Continuing Resolution automatically kick in (keeping the funding the same as a previous fiscal year) should Congress not pass the regular appropriations bills by October 1st (beginning of a new federal fiscal year).

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