The federal government is again facing the prospect of a shutdown, this time on September 30, unless Congress can find a way to pass its remaining appropriations bills, or come up with some sort of short-term solution.
It's no secret the federal government writes checks it shouldn't have. This is sometimes lumped together as waste, fraud, and abuse. But just how much money are we talking about? The Congressional Research Service has a new study giving us the bad news: about $100 billion per year, and roughly $1.3 trillion since 2004.