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What is the Antideficiency Act?

By March 3, 2011

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The Newly-Printed 2012 Federal BudgeThe Antideficiency Act of 1870 may be one of the most important federal laws that most Americans have never heard of. When it kicks in, the federal agencies are required to stop providing all but emergency services. As you might have guessed, the thing that triggers the Antideficiency Act is money; specifically a lack thereof. What does the Antideficiency Act say? [Learn more...]

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Government Shutdowns: History and Effects
Government Shutdowns: What Really Shuts Down?

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