Congress has to approve yearly budgets for certain programs. No budget = no money = no employees = shutdown.
We have a handful of politicians that are using the budgets as leverage to pass an "earmark" - something added that has absolutely nothing to do with the budgets themselves. They're saying that Obama refuses to negotiate, neglecting to mention the thing they want to negotiate about is something that has no bearing on these budgets themselves. It's like debating with your husband about the mortgage payment, and then saying you won't pay the mortgage unless he helps decide about what's for dinner.
The house and senate can't agree on "Obamacare" bills. The house wants to take things out of it, while the senate wants all or nothing. They both have to agree on it for the bill to be passed, and they're not budging. So they shut down the government until they can agree. They've specifically shut down parts that will only tick people off so congress will be pressed to find a solution. So far, they're unfazed.
The republic party is causing the shutdown with a refusal to pass a budget this year. This is mainly being led by a republican senator from texas. Since they couldn't pass a budget they have no money to spend. No money means no employees or anything else for that matter.
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Well, the Treasury Dept. takes in 200 Billion in tax revenues every month from US citizens and corporations,and its hard to believe, but the government actually spends more than it takes in! Now, all adults know that when you run out of money, you first close the checkbook. And say to yourself," no more spending until i figure out what and where I'm overspending", right? And you know that you have to make changes and decide which things are "essential", and which things are "non-essential", every adult knows this, but our government doesn't want to even look to determine what is the "non-essential" things that they can cut out, because why would you even have "non-essential" employees or programs? So they decided to send both "non-essential" and "essential" employees home , and closing National Parks and stuff, and called it a "government shutdown", when they should have already had a plan in place, and sent only "non-essential" employees home, and cut "non-essential" "spotted owl" programs and such! Thanks for asking, bye!
Typically, Congress passes a budget during the March thru June timeframe, to start October 1. The President often sends a budget that he would like to see, often January of that year. The taxation and appropriation (aka spending) bill must originate in the House, per Constitution Article 1 sections 7-8. If the Senate and the House cannot agree, they pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) that inflates the previous budget by 8% per year. For almost all of Barack Obama's tenure, we have operated on a CR. The last CR had an addendum called a sequester, which had the effect of reducing the increase in spending (usually 8%) to 2-3%. The sequester lasts 10 years. This year, the House and Senate have both produced budgets, but there is wide disparity in both priorities and spending. Normally, the differences are worked out in a joint House-Senate conference (usually 3+ people from each). The house has named their conferees; the Senate has not. So, the Senate wants a clean CR, and the House wants some kind of reduction in Obamacare as their price for cooperation. It's going nowhere, so my suggestion is that the Senate nominate their conferees, and begin Budget negotiations. That way a CR would not be needed and we could get on with business.