The U.S. government is shut down. Without an agreement on a budget, the shutdown will continue. But for a budget to pass, it has to be approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the two sides just cannot agree.
“We don’t always agree on the solution but we still need to work together,” says Senator Jerry Moran, a Republican from Kansas. He is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is at the center of the struggle. After a budget is agreed upon, the committee will create twelve separate bills that “fill in the blanks” of how the money will be divided up among all government agencies.
Let’s Make a Deal
Though the shut down is ongoing, Moran told TFK he sees signs of hope. “There are more conversations and negotiations going on now than there have been,” he said during a phone interview on October 10.
“There has to be consideration of lots of opinions and a willingness to find solutions,” he says. Where the budget is concerned, Moran believes that the government should “pay as we go,” spending only the money it has right now. But, he says, the shut down can only end when members of Congress understand: “We can’t always have our way.”
For more about the effects of the government shutdown, watch a video at timeforkids.com/shutdown.