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. ray

    also troop get paid no matter what especially during war times.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Federal Tech.

      Not true Ray, not true, go onto OPM.gov and look at the regulations concerning forced shutdown of government, you might find it very interesting.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • United States Marine

      Lets hope so Ray. I enlisted in the Marine Corps to serve my country, I reenlisted to make a career out of it. I wont be working for free!

      April 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      i was on that site and there is nothing on there that says what is going to happen. Everything states that this has the potential impact (POTENTIAL) is the key work. Show me somthing that states this will happen. Dont act like this has never happened before cause it has look up 95 and 96

      April 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronnie

      In 1995 and 1996 it was different: Congress passed a resolution to keep paying the military. That has YET to happen here.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Federal Tech.

      I know it has happened before, I am a twenty-four year vet. I have seen a lot of "potential" things happen. I also know that 2011 is NOT 1995. Our country is a lot different.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Gates said the military would be paid no matter what.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Relax folks, it's all just part of Congress' Screw Middle Class America plan. First you start with the outsourcing all factory jobs, then you start with the white collar wages, then you take away their property, then you get rid of benefits like Medicare, then you attack the people who work for you, and all that's left is Congress and the 1% most wealthiest Americans.

    See you in the Third World. I hope to have a banana stand set up soon.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Connie


    April 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Seenitall

    Our monetary problems will never be solved as long as we elect lawyers and politicians to run our business. If you owned a business, which one of our current crop would you hire as the CEO?

    April 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. canuck

    Something like this would not happen in Canada. I guess even the world's best democratic system is flawed where it matters the most..

    April 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. driftingspecter

    I surehope some damn tea party type finds that their child's health is put in danger by this shutdown. It might be an abject lesson for them in what it means to shutdown the federal government. Maybe think twice before shouting: "Shut'er Down!" in the future...

    April 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. b

    We just need to PRAY for our country.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr Pampalonamo

    the government was made for the people and now well......they need to work as one to make sure of all our well being and those around the world that count on us.....still no other place to live.....do the right thing for the people.......the government should say no to their paychecks and raises just like we have for the past 10 years.....republicans and democrats alike.....lets be fair to all people......

    April 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nort

    A shutdown that lasts two weeks or less is hardly th end of the world. CNN is feeding the fear machine.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      thank you nort cnn msnbc fox all the media are makeing a killing off this look we are on there websites talking about it. Look in the top right at the ads they pay alot.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. buckup

    the last time this happened the republican house instigated it.
    If the democrats pulled this during bush43, with two wars going on, the democrats would have been labelled anti-american. I can only guess the vitriol coming out of rush's hole.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |


    April 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sittinginafghanistan

      well, if we dont go to work we get article 15s.....but at the same time, if were not getting paid, can they really take anything? (I am being sarcastic before I get jumped with negative comments) But, I can say, it is not going to be pleasent seeing the reactions of alot of military personnel over hear in the next couple of weeks.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pedro

    To the guy earlier who suggested moving to Somalia if you hate our government, that's a good one! Bravo! I can see them already,. Wearing their Sarah Palin pistol ear rings and blasting the crap out of those turbanheads over there. Then they can enjoy their no government, just like in the Westerns. Poor America, how backwards we're moving...

    April 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. charles

    maybe its about time the government is shrunk this small for good and let private sector companies staff those duties. the government is way way too big and now cant even act like grown up over even 2% of the problem.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Change this already

      The word your looking for is "revolution"

      April 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Change this already

    So when is the revolution starting, because we need one and because if I am not getting my trashed pick-up it isn't going to be smelling in front of my house.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ronnie

    I'm guessing you don't serve in the military. This time, we don't get paid past April 8th if the government shuts down.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
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