Government Shutdown 2011

The budget battle between Democrats and Republicans to avoid a government shutdown.

$38B in spending cuts target Obama priorities

More than half of the $38 billion in spending cuts that lawmakers agreed to last week in the 2011 budget compromise would hit education, labor and health programs.


What a shutdown might look like

No airport security officers? No advance warning from the National Weather Service? Veterans hospitals that lack nurses to attend the sick? Could these really be possibilites if a shutdown were to occur?


The 1990s shutdowns

Federal shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 shut down many government services and caused several hundred thousand workers to be furloughed.

Video: DC tourism to be affected by government shutdown

President Obama says budget talks have helped to narrow the issues, but there is no deal yet to avert a shutdown. He spoke after a late-evening meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


Video: Sen. Reid: House plan 'a sure way to close the government'
Video: Republicans aren't cheering for shutdown
Video: Obama: Progress, but no deal to avert shutdown
Video: Federal workers on possible government shutdown