Federal Government Shutdown Resource Center

Government Shutdown
Government Shutdown

The White House and Congress failed to reach an agreement on the seven remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending bills before Friday, December 21, 2018 and forced a partial federal government shutdown.

NLC’s message to our federal partners is simple: Cities expect our leaders in Washington to meet their most basic obligation and keep the federal government open.

On January 25, the White House and Congress reached a short-term agreement to reopen the federal government, ending the longest government shutdown in American history. Local leaders are encouraged that our federal partners are ready to put forward a bipartisan bill to end the government shutdown, but damage has been done — to the economy, to the federal workforce, and to the lives of millions of people who rely on federal programs and services.

Congress and the administration must work together to pass a long-term funding bill so that we won’t be on the cusp of the next government shutdown on February 15 when this short-term agreement expires.

This page will serve as a resource center for city leaders on all things related to the partial federal government shutdown, including information, resources, and how to share the impact of the shutdown on your city.

NLC Resources

Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Budget Tracker: State of Play for Cities

December 19, 2018 Statement: City Leaders Urge Federal Leaders to Do Their Jobs and Prevent Partial Shutdown

December 21, 2018 Blog Post: What a Partial Government Shutdown Means for City Leaders

December 26, 2018 Article: The Trickle-Down Impacts of the Federal Shutdown on States and Localities [RouteFifty]

January 2, 2019 Statement: Cities to Federal Leaders: End the Shutdown Now

January 3, 2019 Blog Post: For Cities, Shutdown is About People, Not Politics

January 3, 2019 Article: Shutdown Struggles Loom for Localities in Need of Infrastructure, Affordable Housing Funding [RouteFifty]

January 8, 2019 Statement: Cities to Federal Leaders: The Shutdown is Having Real Consequences

January 9, 2019 Blog Post: How the Prolonged Shutdown Will Affect Your Local Economy

January 10, 2019 Blog Post: What a Lapse in Appropriations Could Mean for Cities

January 10, 2019 Blog Post: What Does the Shutdown Mean for Food Stamps?

January 11, 2019 Blog Post: Shutdown Impacts: Water Infrastructure, Environment and Public Lands

January 11, 2019 Guest Blog Post: How Tempe, Arizona is Navigating the Shutdown Crisis

January 11, 2019: Letter to Senate Leadership

January 14, 2019 Blog Post: What the Shutdown Means for Census

January 23, 2019 Blog Post: Federal Shutdown Pushes Cities Closer to Fiscal Cliff

January 25, 2019 Article: Cities Scramble as Shutdown Leaves Families in Federal Housing Vulnerable [Pew Trusts]

January 25, 2019 Statement: National League of Cities Statement on Agreement to End Shutdown

January 31, 2019 Blog Post: Think the Shutdown Only Affected the Federal Government? Warrenton, Virginia Says Otherwise

February 13, 2019 Blog Post: What a Another Shutdown Would Mean for Towns like Dumfries, VA

February 14, 2019 Statement: NLC to Federal Leaders: Pursue Every Measure to Avert Shutdown

Federal Agency Shutdown Plans

Federal agencies affected by the shutdown:

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

U.S. Department of Interior

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)


White House Shutdown FAQ 

Agency Contingency Plans

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