The shutdown may have ended when President Obama signed a deal late on Wednesday, but some of the consequences will stay with us. Standard & Poorís has estimated that the shutdown cost the economy $24 billion.
Thatís not a small amount of money. How does that stack up against other big expenditures? Hereís just a sampling of what else costs that much:
* The net cost of to the government from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP): $24 billion * The Department of Agricultureís proposed budget: $22.6 billion * NASAís approved budget: $16.6 billion * All air transportation programs, including the Federal Aviation Administration, security, research, and other costs: $21.9 billion * The Child Tax Credit: $22.1 billion * The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program (formally known as welfare): $17.7 billion * The cost of Head Start, the Childrenís Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Women Infants and Children (WIC) program combined: $25.2 billion
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