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. shannon

    @Snarf – you're an idiot! No one signs up for a government shutdown you freakin coward. Show some respect, they protect the freedom you live in. If you can't respect, them you shouldn't be allowed to live in the U.S.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • SNarf

      My freedom isn't over seas unfortunately

      April 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • SNarf

      Change you can count on? right? you all are such suckers for falling for that one. Obama just made you look like fools with the rest of the dems... Shouldn't you all be crying about Utahs new state gun? So glad obama budget the last 2 years was as he promised. Did you all get the healthcare you wanted? or refund checks you all wanted?

      Another topic i want to raise is, Why should uncle sam pay for troops child support? because they knocked up some women? I understand if your married to assist but not all the random people you all hear about, you know you all have a friend or know someone who knocked up a women at the expense of uncle sam. Talk about budgeting.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. nanathegreat

    Impeach Bohner

    April 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Like to see the passion we should impeach whoever is putting our country at risk by not getting this budget passed. That's right.

      Now, let's look outside this story to see who that is. Let's see, fiscal year started in October 2010. Budget was due before then. House and Senate were run by Pelosi and Reid. Democrats had the Presidency and Congress.

      Still feel that way, or just looking for an excuse to hate a republican?

      April 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    This shutdown will affect social security payments. The workers that process corrections and updates to social security records will be going from their desks and if some of those cases are not worked timely disabled and retired beneficaries will not get their checks. Also, by not having those cases work it could cost the government money in incorrect payments to go out since the workers are not the to check and correct the records before the checks go out.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    None of this "angers" me. Quite the opposite actually, I welcome and look forward to a government shutdown. A shutdown is the only effect way to both demonstrate how much we don't need government in our lives (at least if you're not a conformist busybody) and also cut the deficit by eliminating non-essentially services - which is all the government should be in the first place.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gary

    the above posts are proof of why the government is on the verge of shutting down...democrat and republican sheep bickering amongst each other accomplishes nothing!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Carlos

    They shut down the services that affect people the most. The Grand Canyon, is in it self sufficient? Don't we pay and arm and a leg to go see it?The same goes with the rest of national parks. In most cities garbage collection is included in the water bill. I Suggest the congress and Senate and the presidential cabinet work six months with no pay, most of these guys and gals are millonaires to start with, they do not need to get paid. Give us a break.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aubrie

    In this economic time, credit is so difficult, and credit companies are taking such GROSS advantage as it is.... I feel so sorry for all the people that will miss payments to credit cards or mortgages and will have their credit ruined as a result. Then buying a car or a new home or anything else will be off the table. They get screwed for 7 years for something that wasn't even their fault. And the banks will have NO SYMPATHY. They are criminals to the core.

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

    I am still in high school and with are school board way to big spending money on what we really don't need like a turf football field which only helps a very little part of the whole school but the spent 2 million on building the stupid field and than spent another half a million on a turf if u ask me this is a lot like r gov't. There taxing us but there spending it on stuff we don't need also they say it helps people but I think it only help a very small part of r country.

    We need Obama out and the deficit down or were gonna end up like the soviet union and collapse in are own dept. Also I'm not saying bush dint start the debt cuz I know he did but u got to admit Obama is adding more than ever. Let's go people wake up and u just see me in 10 yrs cuz ill be fixing what they seem to turn a cheek on.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    I can't believe that these very wealthy people are still getting paid when they held us up.....that gives these people a comfort zone......this could go on for very long ....dead locked at the house ...

    April 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. stacyisthaname

    Obama makes Bush look like a genius LOL just goes to show that our leaders don't give a hoot about their citizens...without us where would they be? This country is becoming a joke and everyone is laughing at us. Obama doesn't care about this country he's proven that more than enough times, why is he still in office?

    April 8, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Unfortunately, our country is getting closer to another revolution or civil war. There has become entirely too much descension and flat out hatred between the two largest factions in our country. You're either a "biggoted Republican" or a "liberal Democrat" these days. Nobody wants to work together and instead we all want to fight and hate one another. It's no wonder that we have one of the highest divorce rates in the world. We are a society that gets off on not getting along.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. FV

    My wife and I are in the middle of buying a HUD home with an FHA (to refurb and do our part to stimulate the economy and housing market)... We are supposed to close next week, if the shutdown occurs we will not be closing anytime soon and as of the end of the month my family will literally be homeless. We are in a new part of the country, with no family or friends anywhere near us to help alleviate the situation. This will really impact our lives negatively, and frankly with all of our available funds wrapped up in this house we will be in serious trouble. These fools (on both sides) need to realize they are hurting many normal Americans with this nonsense. GET IT DONE! NOW! You are killing us out here!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kyle

    Republicans are responsible for this shutdown? – LETS SEE:

    The 2011 budget should have been pass on September 30, 2010 when DEMOCRATS controlled the House, Senate and Oval Office – the DEMOCRATS DID NOTHING out of fear that passing the President's huge budget would doom their re-election bid.

    February 2011: The Republican House Passed a 2011 Budget and the DEMOCRATS in the Senate DID NOTHING

    April 2011: The Republican House Passed a one week extension to ensure the government operated for a week and the Military gets paid for the rest of the year and, suprisingly, the DEMOCRATS IDID NOTHING.

    So who is responsible? Only a mindless buffoon would say the Republicans caused this potential shutdown. If the lazy Democrats could not get off their sorry butts and pass a budget in September 2010, when they had all year to get it done, and the Republican House has passed 2 in the past 3 months – who is to blame?

    April 8, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Saylorjerri08

      thank you finally someone has a brain on here.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Be careful Kyle. Because you are stating facts that some don't like you may be accused of being a Fox News zombie by the CNN zombies.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cletus

    Wow! It's no wonder we are in this mess. Take the time to read through the comments and they are every bit as ridiculous as the folks in Congress. It's nothing more than tossing mud across the isle at each other. I thought congress was acting foolish until I read this stuff and noticed that those morons are truly a subset of the current American people.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. DeathsChoice

    I didnt notice anywhere about the FCC... the FCC should be the FIRST group to be shutdown and the last to be brought back... in fact why are we cutting education, defense and planned parenthood when the completely useless (and borderline unconsitutional) FCC is allowed to drain Americans of their money to take away freedom?

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