by Brian Wise
You're probably no stranger to deciding how money is spent in your house. On Tuesday, Congress and the White House are trying to push separate agendas and that means federal workers are losing the chance to work.
The government shutdown has roots spanning back to George Washington and the framers of our constitution. It all comes down to money and how our government wants to spend it.
There hasn't been a government shutdown in 17 years but deciding how to spend tax dollars has been set in stone since the American Revolution. In 1789, the framers of the constitution split the power to spend money. Congress would vote on a budget and the president would sign it into effect.
In the 1800's, the House of Representatives and the Senate found that deciding a budget wasn't enforced. The War Department would order things on credit and then give the IOU to Congress. The Anti-Deficiency Act was passed. Now any official that spent money without a congressional thumbs up could be fired.