By ROBERT IVKO, age 14
The U.S. government shut down from October 1 to 17 because Congress could not agree on how to fund its budget. As a result, 800,000 federal workers were furloughed, or instructed not to come to work until the end of the shutdown. However, not every federal agency stopped working. Most essential services, like post offices, kept running. The government shutdown ended after Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate finally came to an agreement.