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.