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Another partial government shutdown has hit, this time putting some 800,000 federal employees in non-pay status, nearly half of them on unpaid furloughs, and the rest required to stay on the job but unpaid.
The government is now a quarter of the way through its current fiscal year but with only five of the 12 regular appropriations bills having been enacted. After a series of temporary extensions, spending authority lapsed December 22 for agencies funded by the other seven, uncompleted bills. That totals nine Cabinet departments and scores of smaller agencies covered by those bills.
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