Bradley University Associate Professor, Dr. Craig Curtis, remembers the budget turmoil in 1996. Curtis said most of the government’s operations will continue on, but exactly what is considered “essential” is determined by the President.
Curtis said the biggest difference today, versus 1996, is the lack of money President Obama has to borrow from, should a shutdown take place. He said, “The ability for the President to continue to fund these things that are legitimately considered necessary, it definitely is not there, because the cash dollars just won't be there."
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