Shutdown 2011

Apr 12: Early Tuesday morning - in the dead of night - the House Appropriations Committee detailed which programs are on the chopping block. More
Apr 12: Hundreds of programs face reductions. Total slashed: Nearly $40 billion. More
Apr 11: Lawmakers haven't actually voted yet to fund the government for the next six months. That bill will be considered this week. More
Apr 11: Commentary: While Congress spent Friday nearly driving off a cliff, a group of voters and budget experts in Colorado discussed solutions. More
Apr 10: The 2011 budget battle was ugly and went down to the wire. The next one is for all the stakes: Debt ceiling and long-term debt reduction. More
Apr 9: Lawmakers have been working (or not) on a budget for the 2011 fiscal year for 430 days. They have painfully little to show for their efforts. More
Apr 8: With a tentative deal in place on a long-term spending bill, lawmakers rushed to pass a stopgap measure to keep the government running. More
Apr 8: Small businesses won't get loans. Small federal contractors won't get paid. And firms like Arizona Raft Adventures will have to close up shop in a federal shutdown. More
Apr 8: Members of Congress and President Obama will get paid during a government shutdown. And the check will arrive right on time. That's not the case for other federal workers. More
Apr 8: The current fiscal year is six-months-eight-days old. And it's still budget-free, thanks to the inability of lawmakers to strike a deal and move on to far more critical matters. More
Apr 8: Government agencies scramble to figure out what to do with non-essential workers' BlackBerries should there be a shutdown. More
Apr 7: If the budget impasse leads to a shutdown of the federal government, most economic data will not be released. More
Apr 7: Food and drug safety agency warns that food and drug inspections will be stalled if employees are furloughed. More
Apr 7: A shutdown would actually cost taxpayers money. And for every day the shutdown continues, the bill would go up. More
Apr 7: Aerospace and defense hubs like Huntsville expect a major economic hit if their workforce of government contractors are put on hiatus. More
Apr 7: The government's IT contractors -- especially small businesses -- are worried about surviving a work freeze. More
Apr 6: Government workers still don't know whether they will be asked to come to work on Monday. More
Apr 6: Lawmakers have been working (or not) on a budget for the 2011 fiscal year for 430 days. They have painfully little to show for their efforts. More
Apr 6: Senior administration officials released details on what services would continue during a government shutdown, and which would stop. More
Apr 4: If Congress fails to approve a spending by April 8, the federal government will shutdown. If they don't make it, here's what you need to know. More