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Trump’s shifting shutdown tests law dating to 1870s

Jan 12, 2019 - Orange County Register (California)

More than a century ago, lawmakers grew so fed up with federal agencies spending money they didn’t have that Congress passed a law to rein them in.

Now, legal experts say President Donald Trump may be violating that 149-year-old statute by keeping agencies running despite the budget impasse that has cut off funding for roughly a quarter of the federal government.

The administration’s decision to continue some government functions could even bolster court challenges of policy deci...