For the second time this year, US lawmakers are trying to avoid a government shutdown

For the second time this year, US lawmakers are trying to avoid a government shutdown

Federal funding for the US government is set to expire on November 17, marking the second time this year that lawmakers have raced to avoid a government shutdown. House Speaker Mike Johnson faces a key test in keeping the government open, as divisions remain among GOP members over spending bills, analysts say.

George Washington University faculty experts are available to provide insight, commentary, and analysis on a number of topics related to a potential government shutdown, including potential impacts on Americans and the U.S. economy, as well as ongoing political processes. If you would like to speak with an expert, please contact GW Media Affairs at (email protected).

Public policy

Joseph Cordes is Professor of Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration and International Affairs. He also serves as associate director of the Center for Regulatory Studies at GW. He has published articles on tax policy, government regulation, and government spending, and his areas of expertise include public finance, taxation, and corporate financial policy. Cordes can discuss the impact a government shutdown could have on the U.S. economy and Americans.

Lange (Kate) Young is a professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George W. Bush University. Her research interests are in the finances of state and local governments. Her recent publications address how states address local government fiscal pressures through oversight, intervention, and bankruptcy authorizations. Furthermore, it examines the incentives and barriers to government financial reporting, disclosure, and transparency. Yang can discuss the impact a government shutdown could have on Social Security and various benefits.


Sarah Bender is a professor of political science. Binder’s work focuses on the politics of legislative institutions, including their origins, development, and impact on policy outcomes. Her areas of expertise include Congress, legislative policy, American political economy, and political parties.

Peter Logue is director of the GW School of Media and Public Affairs. He has nearly 30 years of policy and communications experience, having served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Edward Kennedy during the 1995 shutdown, Vice President of the US Institute of Peace in 2013, and holding senior positions for three members. From the US House of Representatives. Loge currently leads the Political Communication Ethics Project in the School of Media and Public Affairs and continues to advise advocates and organizations. He can comment on the ethics of the shutdown, where political games come at the expense of public trust in Congress, as well as its policies.

Casey Burgat, director of the Legislative Affairs Program and associate professor at George W. University’s School of Policy, is an expert on congressional capacity and reform. Dr. Burgat co-authored CExplanation of progress: representation and legislation in the first section He can talk about what a government shutdown would mean for Congress and its legislative process.

Todd Belt, professor and director of political management, is an expert on media, politics, the presidency, campaigns, elections, public opinion and more. Dr. Belt can talk about the political ramifications of the lockdown.

Matt Dallek, a professor at George W. Bush University’s Graduate School of Policy, is a political historian with expertise at the intersection of social crises and political transformation, the evolution of modern conservatism, liberalism and their critics. Along with four co-authored books, Dallek is the author of Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right, which explores the history and impact of American right-wing activism. He can discuss House Republicans’ influence on the government shutdown, among other topics.


Aram Javor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; A professional law lecturer, he is an expert on US administrative law, federal courts, and national security. Earlier in his career, Gavor served as Senior National Security Advisor in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice. Gavor can discuss what a government shutdown would mean for the court system and the legal implications it could have for Americans.

Potential impacts on travel

Jongho Suh, a teaching assistant professor of management, is an expert in the travel industry. Specifically, his areas of expertise include evidence-based entrepreneurship (EBE), strategic human resource management, service management, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), sustainability reporting, environmental and social governance (ESG) in the travel industry, and digital platforms in Service industry, gastronomy tourism. Soh can discuss the potential impacts the lockdown may have on travel.


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