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Did the 2013 federal government shutdown hurt the economy?

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Economic Effects of Government Shutdown Poll Results

Yes

15,821 votes

60%

No

10,394 votes

40%

Distribution of answers submitted by America.

2 Yes answers
2 No answers
0 overlapping answers

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Learn more about Economic Effects of Government Shutdown

The U.S. federal economy shutdown (October 1st-16th, 2013) occurred after Congress did not pass legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. 800,000 federal employees were furloughed without pay while an additional 1.3 million were required to report to work without knowing when they would be paid. This cost the economy $217 million per day in federal wages and an additional $225 million per day were lost do to National Park closures and tourism spending.  See recent government shutdown news

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It may have, but the cuts were contrived to be most harmful for political reasons. 10mons ago from a Republican in Coronado, CA.

No. As a matter of fact is helped grow jobs faster than any recently recorded month. Get the government OUT of business. 10mons ago from a Republican in Glendale Heights, IL.

It was appropriate. Federal employees should not have been reimbursed but had the missed days charged to vacation unless they were required to work as necessary. Question, if workers are not necessary why do we have them. 10mons ago from a Republican in North Richland Hills, TX.

Yes, the gop really screws our country acting like spoiled children holding their breath until they get their own way. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Roseburg, OR.

The fact is, nothing was changed, only way to affect change in washington is to change law to where the congress and senate are required to loss wages including ALL uper cabinet positions. 10mons ago from a Republican in Rochester, NY.

Yes, the shutdown took nearly $25 billion our of our economy and AFFECTED job growth. 10mons ago from a Green in Middleburg, FL.

The mom and pop businesses were hurt. The federal employees were furloughed and got paid . My husband was forloughed 20 % . He still worked 5 days a week and got paid 80% . That was forloughed. He was Lucky ,he had a job. He was later laid off. 10mons ago from a Republican in Porterville, CA.

Yes, we have a large problem with our inept congress. Congress should not be a position for life, set term limits, reduce salaries, give government service benefits for life, and require more time spent speaking with constituents and more time working in congress. Reduce filibustering and make congress men and women actually do something. 10mons ago from a Republican in Mcsherrystown, PA.

If currency spent by foreign parties (tourists, businesses) are excluded, then I don't believe that the shutdown hurt the economy because the money that would have been spent on "shutdown-affected" purchases will have been spent on some other purchase. The money was "re-routed" within the economy, rather than "taken permanently" from the economy. 10mons ago from a Republican in Oronoco, MN.

I'm sure it did in one way or another, but where it hurts us is that the supposed leadership in Washington D.C. can't lead at all from the top down. We need a third or fourth party to come in and clean our corrupt government up. The government shuts down, none of them should be paid and "We The People" then vote as to whether they get back pay or not including the president of the United States. 10mons ago from a Republican in Coolidge, AZ.

No, I think it was a publicity stunt. 10mons ago from a Republican in Mead, CO.

The shutdown did not effect the economy since they are paying everyone anyway. The nonsense of it is that it happened to delay Obamacare and now Obamacare is being delayed because they cant get it to work. 10mons ago from a Republican in Punta Gorda, FL.

Yes, and the involved members of congress should have to go without pay and get their healthcare just like any private citizen does. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Spring, TX.

Potentially, but frankly it's too early to know the impact. Past shutdowns have shown growth during the down period. 10mons ago from a Republican in Wexford, PA.

I don't care. It was shut down for media control anyway. 10mons ago from a Republican in Conroe, TX.

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