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Federal government shutdowns are the modern equivalent of duels — a dumb and immature way to resolve disputes. The current shutdown has closed 25 percent of the government over a dispute that amounts to just .001 percent of the federal budget. This is the 18th shutdown since 1974, with dozens of near-shutdowns. It is time to fix the federal budget process to prevent these harmful stunts.


Bilmes, Linda J. "To Avoid Government Shutdowns, Fix the Budget Process." Boston Globe. January 7, 2019.