On October 1, 2013, the US federal government shutdown, furloughing hundreds of thousands of federal employees, closing national parks, suspending important national services, and threatening to compromise the government’s debt-ceiling deadline.

The conflict stemmed from Congress’ Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House, which were unable to agree on how to fund the many sectors of the federal government, failed to compromise, and ultimately brought the country to  a stalemate. However, in the eleventh hour on October 16, the parties reached an agreement to end the federal shutdown and avoid a potential US default.

Northeastern’s experts can speak on a wide range of topics related to the shutdown and settlement. Topics such as: How each side presents their points and uses rhetoric to their advantage, how the history of the two main political parties in our country has contributed to the situation, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and what the international fall-out might be, to name a few.