Federal budget impasse results in shutdown

October 9, 2013

ed-sterling-mugAt midnight on Oct. 1, the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, when the U.S. House and U.S. Senate did not agree on an appropriations bill or continuing resolution to fund fiscal year 2014 at an estimated cost of $3.8 trillion.

Before the shutdown, to prepare Texas, Gov. Rick Perry on Sept. 30 delivered a statement that included this sentence: “In anticipation of the federal government’s looming shutdown, I directed state agencies that will be affected by the suspension of federal funding to develop contingency plans to prioritize essential functions and use existing budget transfer authority to allow these services to Texans to continue until Washington gridlock ends.”

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