Supreme Court To Shut Down?

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( – Congress is quickly approaching the funding deadlines, leading to the possibility of a government shutdown becoming more likely as many House Republicans are holding up various appropriation bills. However, even if the government ends up shutting down it is unlikely that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to be affected.

Many hardline conservatives continue to oppose the spending bills and have also threatened to block the short-term continuing resolution request made by the White House. Without the request, government funding would not be kept at its current levels and on October 1st, the government would need to partially shut down. The effect of a government shutdown would also be felt by the American public almost instantly.

Depending on how long the government shutdown lasts, the court may or may not be able to continue with its usual operations. A short-term shutdown is unlikely to have an effect on the court and thus on the federal trials relating to former President Donald Trump’s case regarding his attempts to interfere with the 2020 presidential election results.

West Virginia University law professor Anne Lofaso pointed out that the court is usually deemed to be an essential service and thus is unaffected by a federal government shutdown. The federal government shutdowns would also not have any effect on any state legal cases.

As such the courts would most likely continue their operations with funding external to the Congress for at least a few weeks according to University of Georgia law professor Sonja West.

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