Published on: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The federal judiciary could keep running for two weeks in the event that Congress does not come to an agreement on a continuing resolution to keep the U.S. government running by Oct. 1 (article available here).

As the fiscal year comes to a close on Sept. 30 at midnight, keeping the federal government operating hinges on whether lawmakers can come to an agreement on a continuing resolution. For many executive agencies, that means certain operations will cease and workers will be furloughed.

Federal courts, however, have kept operating in the past and plan to do the same if another shutdown happens. During the last government shutdown, which lasted for 35 days at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019, the judiciary’s funds came close to running out.

In its 2019 annual report, the judiciary reported it “exhausted nearly all available resources and was poised for an orderly shutdown of operations” after more than a month without new appropriations. During that time period, the courts put some projects on hold and redistributed funds but were able to pay its estimated 30,000 employees.