The latest government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history at 35 days, was unnecessary, harmful and costly for the more than 800,000 federal workers and their families impacted by it. The shutdown also cost the economy $3 billion that will never be recovered.
“This shutdown is a depressing indicator of how petty and partisan the budget process has become,” said Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby. . . .
The recent dysfunction shows that our government has a systemic issue -- or maybe a few of them. Elected officials have been unwilling to think long term, plan for the future, work together and make difficult decisions.