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. crippler

    1. bring the troops home-send both parties over there.
    2. oil- deliver it or no aid.
    3. a days work for a days pay, no work no pay. especially politicians.
    4. welfare- sure, how bout some community service to earn your welfare?
    5. VOTE-em-out and put folks in there that have North America in mind.
    6.When, in the name of SJ, are citizens going to shut down until they fix it?
    7. Lastly, Where are we going? Whats the point of paying taxes to the govt who cant decide where the taxes are going and when they cant decide that, shut down down the govt, only to upstart the govt and backpay the money they have to spend anyway?Pass a D- budjet , pull out the differences holding this thing up. At least the people dont have to listen to that squaking, Put the differences to a vote by the AMERICAN people and move on. ITS OUR MONEY.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Fixer2010

      Good plan.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |

      I like it.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe MacKenzie

    Why don't we change the laws that states the law makers will NOT get paid but the HARD WORKING FEDERAL employees that really need the money will get paid during the shut down. I bet that it would be solved TODAY if it were the case.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Taner

    We could just recall all the politicians and vote new ones in. We the people hold the true power, not them.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Emily

    I love how college students who are trying to get passports to study abroad like myself will probably now not be able to go because of this. Thanks Congress.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Cletus

      I am sure they will make an exception for you if you agree to not come back. FYI – I think there are bigger issues than you being "cultured".

      April 8, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashton

      Cry more. There are much bigger issues in this world then for you to cry about going abroad. Worst case scenario is you couldn't go but you would still attend your school here. Be happy you can attend college still. Makes me so mad that people cry about the small stuff.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • soldier

      Really Emily??? Really??? OMG we CANNOT let poor Emily miss her study abroad lessons!! Give me a break....

      April 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. sadness in the USA

    I would just like to know "WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS MAGNIFICENT COUNTRY" that my generations of family fought for. All you feel everyday is anger, hate and unrest for the government. I use to be so proud as an AMERICAN; BUT, NOW I am not so sure. It seems even the government is finding ways to get $$$$$$$ from HONEST-working PEOPLE....2 years in a row we have been audited and picked apart! The stress never ends JUST LIKE OUR GOVERNMENT STUDENT LOANS that were sold to 6 BANKS and we were expected to pay all 6!!! SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DONE....BUT, GET RID OF ALL THE REPRESENTATIAVES VOTED IN AND START OVER!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashton

      Why would we get rid of representatives we voted for? We voted them in for a reason... Because we thought they were best for the job. Now live with your decision and make a better vote next time.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. JWat

    I'm in the military and trust me......it will hurt some of us. Especially the young Soldiers but we will not quit. We understand that things happen but we got a job to do. The government will fix itself.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashton

      Thank you for your service. I must add that you can't quit though, even if you wanted to man. Hate to say this... But if you did you would be thrown into the brigg. Keep fighting. Win!!

      April 8, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Proud_Af_wife28

    We live paycheck to paycheck and won't be able to pay most of our bills because we need to use the money we do get for food. It's pathetic how military and their families are treated. How bout if we have to lose pay then the president and congress does to. How come they get to support their families and the people who are risking their lives to protect them can't?

    April 8, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ltlndingrl

    I feel for every government worker except the idiots on capital hill that are doing this to them. They all were hired and have a salary that their family depends on daily for food, housing, medical bills etc. Yes soldiers are paying the ultimate price with lives on line but EVERYONE deserveds their paycheck.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • TL

      Thanks, it's nice to see at least one person who does not deem us all useless except the military. Most of the posters on this forum have never even met a federal employee and while there are really bad federal employees (just like there are really bad private sector employees), most of the ones I know are great. And they have families to support as well. Thanks for remembering that we are people as well.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • JMMAM


      April 8, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Susie

      This is for TL. I have met a federal employee– I used to look in the mirror at one. I am now a volunteer with a federal agency– you are no good when you reach the golden years (it's fools gold). A volunteer, but I still think of myself as a federal employee.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KMB

    The distain that politicians have for the american people is appalling. That americans let their politicians get away with so much garbage is even more appalling.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. erik60505

    So no federal taxes until the government opens right?

    April 8, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • B-Mac


      April 8, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Val

    Shut down or not. I was planning to drive to DC for the weekend for a 4-5 day vacation. but not with a threat of shut-down. So the little people lose out on my gas, hotel, restaurant and spending $$$. What joke these pols are. they all suck.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Larry

    Excuse me...but Boehner is not causing this shutdown. It is Harry Reid and the gutless Senate democrats. They won't vote on the House Budget, and won't pass a budget of their own. THAT is what is causing this shutdown. If you want to take your trash somewhere, take to the Senate steps...or to Harry Reid's house.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Don't get your information from Fox News.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      The budget was due before the beginning of the fiscal year, Oct 2010. You know, before the Republicans won majority. Failure to pass a budget is on Obama/Reid/Pelosi. You can get these facts without going to Fox News.
      What probably happened (opinion) is the Democrats before October could feel the growing concern of the public about spending. Knowing they could win some votes by promising cutting spending, they started preaching about cutting spending whether they planned to do it or not (this isn't a democrat/republican thing, it is a politician thing), faught amongst themselves and couldn't get the budget passed. Now, knowing they lost a significant amount of seats in the house and senate they may feel that if they can blame a shut down on the Republicans they can regain the majority in 2012. If it wasn't the Democrats doing it, it would be the Republicans. We have officially gone from being run on strategy to keep our nation healthy to being run on political strategy. Majority wins.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      They have agreed to the budget. This is not fiscal policy its the Rep's doing their classic overreach again like in Michigan. Planned parenthood and healthcare repeal are the riders they are attaching to the budget bill. Those should be brought up in seperate bills. The Reps are just getting away from governance and getting into the ideological BS from the Teaparty crack heads.

      Republicans.....You have the cuts (maybe not all you want but more then enough)...now make the deal.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SomeTruth

    It's a step in the right direction to get rid of paper tax returns. This is wasteful anyway and makes audits harder.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Des

    We elect them to work. We do not want them taking advantage of useless strategies to get a point across. This is totally ridiculous.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tina

    What really angers me about this is that our legislators have had all kinds of time to figure this out and here we are at a stalemate that will affect millions of people–the very people that elected them! Maybe we should not only prevent them from being paid, but charge them interest, like we would have to pay if we didn't pay our taxes on time! Shameful!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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