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United States Government Shutdown

The government has been funded by temporary continuing resolutions since the end of September while leaders in Congress negotiate the federal budget. The latest continuing resolution runs out at midnight on April 8.

If an agreement cannot be reached by then, the government will shut down and only perform essential operations such as the protection of people and property. Hundreds of thousands of government workers would be furloughed while tourist attractions including museums, parks and other operations would close.

Georgetown faculty are available to comment on the potential government shutdown and its implications as well as a shutdown's effect on the economy, congressional politics, the President and other relevant issues.

To arrange interviews with these or other experts, contact the Office of Communications.

Faculty Experts Include:

Michele Swers


Michele Swers, associate professor of government, is able to discuss Congress, congressional politics and the dynamic relationship between the president and Congress. She has previously provided expertise to media outlets including PBS News Hour, CQ Weekly and numerous national and state newspapers. Watch Swers discuss these issues. She also talked in a Q&A about what would happen if the government shuts down.

Stephen Wayne


Stephen Wayne, professor of government, is an expert on the American presidency. He can discuss the impact of the government shutdown on President Obama, as well as presidential history, leadership qualities of American presidents and many related issues.

Judith Feder


Judith Feder, health policy professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, can discuss the health care issues related to the government shutdown, as well as current challenges to the health care reform law and related policy issues.

Edward Montgomery


Edward Montgomery, dean of public policy at Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute, can broadly discuss policy issues facing Congress and President Obama, including job creation, energy stabilization, immigration reform and improving education policy, among other pressing issues. Read a Q&A on the State of the Union and President Obama’s policy agenda.

Donald B. Marron



Donald Marron, visiting professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, is an expert on U.S. economic policies and federal budgeting. He has served in a series of senior government positions, including as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and as acting director of the Congressional Budget Office.

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