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Maya MacGuineas: How to Keep the Government Running When Lawmakers Fail To Do Their Job

Feb 1, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an opinion piece for The Hill, an excerpt of which is below.

As the clock ticks toward the next possible government shutdown in two weeks, it is time to stop future shutdowns forever.  

The most recent government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion and lasted 35 days, during which time federal workers missed paychecks, contractors were out of work, government services were disrupted, businesses suffered, economic growth was damaged and consumer confidence took a big hit.

Even worse was the loss of confidence in our political system. The shutdown was an international embarrassment and effectively a self-imposed disaster. 

Read the entire piece here.

"My Views" are works published by members of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, but they do not necessarily reflect the views of all members of the Committee.