A possible government shutdown in 2021 might be ahead of us. While the chances of the government being shutdown is considerably low due to the November Presidential Elections, we can never know whether or not it will happen.
The history of government shutdowns in the United States shows us that it doesn’t occur that often when the administration can change. Since government shutdowns put Americans at a spot where it can cause the president that wants it to be unfavorable, both Trump and the Congress will do their best to avoid a government shutdown.
At the time of writing, it is a little bit early to tell if we will have a government shutdown in 2021 as we’ve had back in late-2018 and early-2019. Here is a flashback of government shutdowns in the past.
History of Government Shutdowns in the United States
|1980||1 Day||Jimmy Carter|
|1981||1 Day||Ronald Reagan|
|1984||1 Day||Ronald Reagan|
|1986||1 Day||Ronald Reagan|
|1990||3 Days||H.W. Bush|
|1995 November||5 Days||Bill Clinton|
|1995 – 1996||21 Days||Bill Clinton|
|2013||16 Days||Barack Obama|
|2018 January||3 Days||Donald Trump|
|2018 – 2019||35 Days||Donald Trump|
As you can see from above, the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States happened was only a few years ago. Surely, Trump will want to avoid another government shutdown.
The Possibility of a Government Shutdown in 2021
The chances of a government shutdown is quite a bit low. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both the White House and Congress is doing their best to provide relief to Americans. Since a government shutdown would only make things more complicated, the likelihood of a government shutdown in 2021 is considerably low.
While the lawmakers are getting ready for the HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) as a supplement to the previous CARES Act stimulus package, a government shutdown would only make the matters worse.
Having all that said, 2021 is going to be a different year as far as the funding legislation goes. All sides are forced to come to an agreement to avoid a government shutdown to keep everyone afloat.