To avoid government shutdowns, fix the budget process. Linda Bilmes, January 7, 2019, Opinion, “In the musical “Hamilton,” the protagonists riff on dueling: Aaron Burr: Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature? Alexander Hamilton: Sure. But your man has to answer for his words, Burr. (As we all know, Burr fatally shot Hamilton. Duels were not outlawed until 40 years later). Pressley requests back pay for federal contract workers.  The furloughed contract workers have gone without a paycheck since the start of a partial government shutdown last month. Federal government shutdowns are the modern equivalent of duels — a dumb and immature way to resolve disputes. The current shutdown has closed 25 percent of the government over a dispute that amounts to just .001 percent of the federal budget.Link