Some websites could go offline if US government shuts down Tuesday

The Library of Congress website could go offline on Tuesday.

The current battle in the U.S. Congress over whether or not to approve the government's budget for the next fiscal year is coming to a head and everything points to a shut down of much of the federal agencies on Tuesday. If that happens, Internet users can expect to see a number of websites go offline or simply offer a splash page with a note saying their services are currently down.

Venture Beat reports that the known sites in danger of being shut down due to lack of funds include the Library of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Park Service. Those sites allegedly need some kind of staff to keep operating certain services, although it's also likely that it's purely a political move to make the shutdown as painful as possible for Americans. Other sites such as the Department of Veteran Affairs will stay online, but with a smaller team that will make fewer updates.

The good news, at least for some people, is that the closing of government services could also impact the National Security Agency. That means the NSA could stop its current gathering of online information, which would likely please the many people who don't care for such activities.

Source: Venture Beat | Image via Library of Congress

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From what I understand what happens usually that instead of cutting spending and reducing debt congress is asked to just raise the amount of debt the gnmt can run up every year.

Something like you maxing out your CC and then continuously asking the CC company to increase your spending limit.

Also it seems the republicans are trying to tag a number of bills to this which they were not able to get through the house any other way.

This budget **** has happened pretty much every year since Obama got elected. Why? Because he promised to halve the deficit, doubled it instead and congress is trying to take him to task on it, and it just happens Obamacare is the biggest source of money blowing out the door.

Chris123NT said,
This budget **** has happened pretty much every year since Obama got elected. Why? Because he promised to halve the deficit, doubled it instead and congress is trying to take him to task on it, and it just happens Obamacare is the biggest source of money blowing out the door.
Too bad none of your statements are truthful. Obama promised to reduce the deficit by half in 4 years, it took him 4.5 years instead. Under Bush, the deficit grew to over $1Trillion, it is now less than $650Billion and is still dropping. Obama has cut the growth of government employee expenditures by nearly half.
You really should stop watching Fox News if you want to get some real facts. Or learn to Google for yourself. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101030631

knighthawk said,
Good. The longer the better.
(Also let's be real It's not real shutdown, more of a 'slowdown')

Yes,
Happens every freaking year now and always gets "fixed" right before the final minutes, then they all go on their merry way thinking they really accomplished something! Doesn't help that the media then jumps on that bandwagon patting congress on the back saying how they saved the day!

This crap is getting to be such a joke, it's not funny and I don't even pay attention to it anymore. Just like I don't with most stuff they do!

Actually its happened SEVERAL times each of the past SIX years since its been that long since our LAME congress has been able to pass a budget!

Obamacare passed congress and was signed by Obama, now ONE HOUSE of congress, KNOWING IT WONT GET THROUGH THE SENATE OR THE PRESIDENT, wants to hold the entire nation hostage like a five year old holding their breath because they don't get their way.

Makes me truly embarrassed to be an American.

neufuse said,
they don't just turn the sites off on a shutdown....

Yes, they will. It's sad, because it doesn't HAVE to happen, but they will. It's all politics, similiar to when they tried diverting money from air traffic controllers to make the public feel the pain. It's all an effort for those in power to try convincing the public that the other side is full of ridiculous people by being ridiculous themselves. http://dailycaller.com/2013/04...crisis-to-cause-air-delays/

Raa said,

So every other year then.

"Twice a year" is every 6 months,
"Every year" is every 12 months,
"Every other year" is every 24 months.

So, no, "every other year" != "every year"

Nas said,

"Twice a year" is every 6 months,
"Every year" is every 12 months,
"Every other year" is every 24 months.

So, no, "every other year" != "every year"


So biannually then?

Raa said,

So biannually then?

Good one.

I hate that word since it can have two meaning: twice per year or every two years. We've pretty much banned it at where I work and try to make people use either semiannual or biennial to be more clear.

So, we're now expected to believe that government websites and servers are unable to operate without a paid employee standing by them 24/7?? These things can run months without anyone needing to even glance at them.

And I can guarantee you, the NSA doesn't stop over budget disputes. They might have lower staff during the period, but they certainly don't stop.

"The good news, at least for some people, is that the closing of government services could also impact the National Security Agency. That means the NSA could stop its current gathering of online information, which would likely please the many people who don't care for such activities."
Yes, I hope the government does have a shut down! It will be one step in stoping the NSA's highly questionable, and illegal practices!

'That means the NSA could stop its current gathering of online information, which would likely please the many people who don't care for such activities.'
Errr, no? It's all automated, they'll just look over the information later.