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Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

Martin Gregorie Silver badge

What redress does a US citizen have if a Presidential order harms him without a declared emergency, as has happened to all the governmental employees that got sent home without pay?

I'm genuinely puzzled as to how Trump was able to shut down government, not least because I've seen nothing in the news that said what regulation was used (but I may have missed it). I did a web search as well but found nothing that looks directly relevant, which is odd, because past experience with the FAA makes me think that everything done by and to the US Government is governed by minutely detailed regulations. From what I found the options seem to be:

- executive order. But doesn't that require an emergency to be declared?

- vetoing or refusing to sign a Congressional bill. But doesn't this mandate resolving it with Congress?

...but none of these appear to allow the sudden, unconditional and uncontested shutdown that happened.

What have I missed?

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