10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down
That family trip to the Grand Canyon could be in jeopardy if Congress and the White House fail to reach a budget agreement.
April 7th, 2011
07:48 PM ET

10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down

The list of collateral effects of a potential government shutdown keeps growing and people are none too pleased about it. Here are just a few of the negative impacts that could arise if Congress and the White House fail to reach an agreement on the budget (click here to view in chart form):

  • The lawmakers who hold the cards will still get paid. Their staffers might be furloughed, though. That has prompted a few lawmakers to announce they'll refuse shutdown pay,but even that has elicited critiques of political posturing.
  • Roughly 800,000 federal workers won't get paid because they're considered nonessential and therefore, the first to be furloughed. That includes people who work in national parks because they'll be closed, ruining countless long family road trips. And it's not just the loss of income that hurts - for many, it's being labeled dispensable when they know their jobs are anything but nonessential.

  • As the shutdown looms, some political leaders are taking the opportunity to fundraise and rally their supporters. The executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out an appeal asking for a minimum $5 donation saying the organization wants to raise $100,000 in the next 36 hours.
  • You'll still get your Social Security checks but don't expect anyone to be around to answer your questions about benefits. The people who take questions on Social Security and Medicare questions will not be at work and most government websites will shut down or have limited functionality.
  • Various agencies with the Department of Health and Human Services will operate in a patchwork fashion. The National Institutes of Health will not accept new patients or start new clinical trials. The Food and Drug Administration won't operate at full capacity but will have some inspectors on staff. As a result, all FDA inspections of food processing facilities and drug manufacturing plants will be prioritized by risk.
  • Word is getting around that a government shutdown doesn't actually save taxpayers money. For one, it will cost the government money to ensure a smooth transition to a shutdown. Then there's the lost revenue from a variety of sources, from government services to gift shops in government-run attractions such as Yosemite National Park and DC's National Gallery of Art.

How would a government shutdown anger you?

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  1. Senator

    I thought that the budget was supposed to be approved last year when the Democrats were in power? What happened?....crickets ....crickets....chirp chirp... Anyone?

    April 8, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Unfortunately it was republicans that have been pushing for short term spending bills all the way back to when the democrats presented the budget they came up with in December of 2010. Republicans wanted to push the budget fight into the next congress when they would have more power than they did during the 2010 session. I am not sure why people forget so soon about that and the reason we are not working off of a budget now. The 2010 budget presented was bloated as usual and contained earmarks from both sides, including some of the biggest critics of that budget. While the 2010-2011 budget proposed was ridiculous, it was still a budget. The republicans chose to push for short term spending bills instead of trying to compromise and pass a budget with the hope of being able to get everything they wanted in the next congress. Failure to compromise then and failure to compromise now is the reason we are facing a shutdown today.


      April 8, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. jd

    This country and it's political leaders are jokes. Do we really need them No. How about trading them for somthing of worth. They work for big business. Who let the business go off shore! Who let GE get away without paying taxes! And who created this whole mess! yes your right the political fat cats. They have destroyed America.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. doc 77

    disgusting, absolutely disgusting. The dirtiest,filthiest game in town...fighting over political power...disgusting...makes you want to...

    April 8, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Concerned

    I find it downright disgusting that during a government shutdown that Congressional members would continue to get paid but not military members serving worldwide, a great number of them in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope this means welfare checks and EBT cards will also be unavailable. Let them figure out how to feed their families and get medical care just like the rest of the working class.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tharms

    Most of the article is nonsense, DC scare stories designed to get the sheep in the provence to call their Senators and Representatives and beg them to start taxing them more. It is reprehensible that the media peddles this garbage.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. gale godfrey

    we the people have the power to stop all politicans , it is called voting and getting ivovled in what is going on in our government. the tea party was designed to detour democrat voters! the republicans have been saying no since President Obama came to office. A big clue here folks, they are trying to finish what bush started and that was make a one party system called the rich and screw the poor and elderly.my seven year old greatgrand daughter has more smarts than most of these tea partiers! common sense has flew the coup. people of america start using your brains and get out there and get involved or we are going to see a govenerment that will laugh at us all the way to the bank . the republicans do not care about you or I.and they will say anything to get your vote most of you have foud this out this last election! start recalling all politicans who do not want to do their job now!

    April 8, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    It's amazing to me that corporate America can tighten their belts. I have seen budgets trimmed 25% yet our government can't manage to cut 2%? The obscene growth of our government is a reflection of their own self importance. I say shut the damn government down! It's about time the elite of our nation can feel the pain we've all been experiencing for the past couple of year. Enough already.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • A Military Member

      Nice sentiment but it's not the "Elite of the Nation" that will feel the pain. Congress still gets paid regardless of gov't shutdown. You can look at the mandatory Roll Call that came out this year that requires mandatory declaration of all Congress members assets and see that most of them are worth $1M+. The richest, of course is John Kerry, at almost $200M. Do you really think shutting down the govt affects them at all??
      The saddest thing is this whole deliberation isn't even about the budget. It's about political bull$hi+ and which side can gain the most for thier party.

      April 8, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    Why didn't the Dems pass a budget 6 months ago when the fiscal year started? They controlled the whole govt and could have easily passed whatever budget they desired. Don't forget that fact.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Jack you know the answer. It's all a game. They wanted to take THIS opportunity to BLAME the other party. It's all a game and a setup for who controls the people.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • ICare

      You said it right, Greg. These career politicians are enveloped in their own greed and vested interests they do not really care about us, the people. It is time to make a change and channel our tax payers dollars back to the people and not to political dynasties.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ronald Howard

    Can Americans no longer vote on what they want anymore? And the answer is no! We use to be the land of the free. I think freedom left just as soon as George Washington left office. You honestly think our voices are going to change anything? What congress says is going to happen whether we like it or not. Freedom HA! what a joke.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      You are correct Ron. When the people allowed the government to grow to the point where it eroded their own personal freedoms and wealth, they didn't care because it impacted someone else! The chickens are coming home to roost because the monster is SO BIG that there is no way it can't impact everyone. The tab needs to be paid!

      April 8, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    Thanks to the republican extremist more people will be layed off. They care for nothing more than their rich supporters. If they were so concerned about the budget than why did the Repubicans turn away a bill that stops their pay during the shutdown. They say they want budget cuts but exclude there fat defence corporations and fat Tri-care health insurance corporations from cuts, buy what Hypocrisy. I'm a NRA, Pro-life and Pro-straight person but I have seriouse problems with the extremist of the republican front. They seem to forget those numbers who provide the bulk of the vote.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      What's more extreme, allowing the government debt to grow to the point that the world is considering to move away from the dollar as a standard or forcing the people to eat their own poo? We are at a point where it's no longer sustainable my friend. The USA credit card needs to be paid down a bit or are you happy with the fact that we are running a budget deficit of over 1 trillion dollars? Do you run your house that way? If you do, it's no wonder you'd be expecting the government to take over more of your life.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Brounstain

    Scab of a nation, driven insane

    April 8, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Many have been hurt by the government, the economy, unemployment, etc. Let's form The Peoples Party. A new non-political, political party. One for the people, by the people.

    Washington and Jefferson are spinning in their graves. Our forefathers designed a perfectly viable way of life. Over time, politicians have run the country into the ground. Democrats and Republicans should receive 50% of their pay until the budget is balance.

    We would get rid of some dead wood in Washington. People would become politicians ofr the greater good, not a FAT paycheck. Anyone with me?
    Tom black at kw dot com.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brad

    As I read through the list of government services that will be impacted – I see very few that I care about. The troops should be paid – though I'm not too worried about the "cherished" cherry blossom festival, and I'd like to know why the federal government is involved in trash pickup in DC.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    Everyone is forgetting to mention the numbers of government contractors that augment all major military installations. I am not sure what the % is, but I know if the government shutdown occurs at least 60% of the people at my command will not be showing up for work.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. ICare

    We voted for these legislators. They are enveloped in greed and their vested interests. It did not have to come to the last hour, they could have done something a long time ago but they did not.
    Remember that the next time you go to the polls. This has got to change. Put an end to Career Politicians.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
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