The U.S. government is the only one I know of in the world which has imposed upon itself an artificial "debt ceiling." When borrowing nears the ceiling, either revenues must be raised, expenditures must be cut, the ceiling must be raised, or the problem avoided by tiptoeing around it with a "continuing resolution." If not, the government shuts down. During the last shutdown, the GDP took a $24 billion hit. This Friday, the US government will run out of money. Monday, the House passed rules for any continuing resolution. The rules specifically bar any aid to Flint, Michigan for its water problem. The Dems say, without this relief, they will not vote for the CR, and thus the government will close down. The Senate has already passed relief. The amount in dispute $220 million.