Congress avoided a government shutdown with just hours before the Thursday deadline, passing a spending bill to keep the government open until early December.

But it only managed to push the issue down the road; lawmakers still haven’t passed spending bills to fund government agencies for the next year, and they still are in a standoff over how to lift the debt ceiling, a separate fiscal matter that could cause the U.S. to default on its loans in mid-October.

Here’s what you should know.

What to know

  • What is a government shutdown?
  • What’s the likelihood the government will shutdown in 2021?
  • What happens when there’s a shutdown?
  • How would a government shutdown affect its covid response?
  • What happened last time the government shut down?
  • What does a government shutdown have to do with the debt ceiling?