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. anthony

    Shut it down . And don't stop there

    April 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Geez

    Why is it Republicans fault if the goverment shuts down? Arent the Democrats being just as disagreeable?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Nope. The Republicans keep shifting the goalposts and putting non-budgetary policymaking into this; they're holding the government hostage to get their way. Negotiating with a gun to your head is not a good idea, and I'm glad the Democrats aren't rolling over and taking it yet again. The two sides are NOT equivalent here.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      No..The democrats always give in to the Republicans. Thats why they got a tax cut. How do you give tax cuts to people who have millions of dollars in net worth when someone making lets say $80k-$200k in a HIGH TAX and HIGH COST of living like CA, NJ, NY, CT, etc can barely keep up? Not sure I understand that. If you make $150K in lets say NY or CA or NJ that is like making $80k in Nebraska when you factor in cost of living, buying a house, pre-k school, insurance, food, etc etc. The cost of living is staggering between middle of the country and the coasts. Thats just the way it is but you have to adjust for this difference. you have to pay people way more in NY or CA to keep up with someone living in KC or Montana where I am sure a house is not a fortune to buy.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phif

    If we are a country of, by and for the people. They should all be fired.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • gangile

      i agree, but what makes this sad for me is that we THE PEOPLE put these all of these politicians in power. So how bad are we?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jACK67


      April 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      How about term limits and no lobbying? The term limits would deter campaigning for the next term while still in office and there would be no special interest groups to provide "perks". That would attract only those with a sincere interest in helping our nation and not feathering their own nests in the process. Get your own health insurance and pay into social security like everyone else. See how many would be interested in running for office then!

      April 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Raymond Moser

    What about us service cannected people? We will have no check to pay our bills!! Means i will be living in the street with my wife, My landlord already told me no rent on 1rst mo home!will give me 10 days to move, Gee thanks government!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • crumdiesel

      Service-Connected Disability payments will not be stopped. Here is the link to the VA website.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. josie


    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Thank you Obama. we are all liking the "change" you promised. So sad! Wait until May when we reach our debt ceiling and start having a fire sale. I am with you Josie! Wake up america and understand you don't vote for someone you feel good about.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Quit writing in all caps and multiple letters. Your point is lost in the illegible type and obvious mental deficiency.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • gangile

      we are all to blame, both the democratic and the republicans. We as a nation have seen this fiscal problem coming and have done nothing about it. everyone wants to have a better economy, but no one wants to make the sacrifices that it would require.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dimeout

      @ Luke....thank you for saying what I was thinking too. Josie is a whack job who needs to learn how to type and spell. Using correct English would be nice too!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dustin

    Am I the only one who finds it absolutely reprehensible that the Republican party is holding the entire federal government hostage in order to push through their ideological demands? A compromise would already have been reached if not for these riders they have attached to the bill – de-funding health care, the EPA, Planned Parenthood, NPR, etc. These are culture-war issues, purely ideological disagreements that have no place in what should be a discussion of fiscal responsibility and it saddens me that there isn't more outrage about it.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MXD

      Ideology defines fiscal responsibility. And the Republicans are doing what they were elected to do – cut spending. And if you're so anti-ideology, try telling your Democratic legislators to loosen up. Not so easy, is it.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      What's it like being so naive?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cameron

      I'm with you!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Both parties are at fault, you cannot pin this exclusively on the Republicans. Congress as a whole is a circus. The Dems had control of the House and Senate last September when the budget should have been passed - why didn't they do it then? Continuing resolutions have kept the Fed going because the Dems couldn't get it done. Now Congress is at an impasse because of cuts that are a fraction of the budget - bunch of spoiled children fighting over a lollypop.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      No, you are not the only one, but the Republicans are in a rock hard place. They are trying to keep the tea baggers as well as the moderates in their party and I wonder if it can be done. These policy discussions do not belong in budget decisiions.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      I'm with you! Where was this Republican Budget cutting mindset during those Bush years! Seems to be a thing of convenience for the GOP party to send our economy back south and blame it on the current administration! Well let the blame fall where it belongs...the Bush years, the Bush taxcuts for the wealthy, and the Tea Party ignorance! The US deserves better! I say Fire them all if they let the government shut down and let's find some REAL leaders and patriots to lead us out of this mess! I really don't think our future hinges on whether the EPA, planned parenthood, or PBS having their budgets cut are going to save us any measurable amount. Let's save money on not fighting unnecessary wars (remember the so called weapons of mass destruction). Let's save some money on repealing the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (they themselves can't spend it all). Remember...many if not all of our founding fathers were wealthy people who sacrificed it all to create our country...many died penniless when all was said and done. Now it seems to be a game of greed and selfish ambition! Shame on us for voting in such partisan zealots! It really isn't even a good sound bite anymore! Government shutdown...go ahead..do it...but I hope the results way heavily on those that are responsible...We need leadership and sacrifice from all involved, not the mere posturing and "goal post relocation" that the GOP and their buddies in the Tea Party are serving up. I believe that it was PT Barnum that said something to the effect that " Noone ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American people." Man! that guy was a visionary! God help us all!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Here here!

      But really, who needs a source of public education or lower cost care for women when NASCAR IS ON?!

      April 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • szmarie

      I'm with you, Dustin. They've been the Party of No ever since Obama was elected because it galls them so badly they can't stand it! So this is how they react. Our great and glorious Republican't Party – can't be reasonable, can't have any empathy for those who make less than $250,000 – probably don't have a clue what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck and most likely think it's because people who do haven't planned their finances properly.....

      April 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PBAF

    I have been active duty for 17 years in the AF and our pay IS AFFECTED by the shutdown. Active duty military pay was CUT IN HALF today. Most active duty military families consist of one active duty spouse, a housewife (or house husband) and 3 children, so this government shut down is affecting the people that actually defend this country. Rep Boehner and the Republicans need to be ashame of themselves...and the Democrats should also feel ashame!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      First of all, thank you for your service! And you are correct, both sides should be ashamed. I am a Democrat so yes I do see the bad side of the Republicans with more ease, but one cannot look past the bad side of the Democrats in this mess either.

      The fact is that both sides are more interested in political posturing than governing it seems, and that is sad. I also think it is absolutely shameful that they have a law that will allow them to be paid, but we don't have the same thing for our service men and women. This is a travesty! I saw a story about a facebook group set up demanding that a bill be passed too ensure military personnel get paid, I am in full support and will be joining tonight. Everyone should be standing up and demanding that even if they can't agree on a budget deal by midnight they damn well better pass a bill to pay our military!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • gangile

      I am in the Coast Guard. I have been for over 11 years. I still say that we are all responsible for this. Both sides. I am a Republican and I say it is both sides. We have been on a fiscal downside for a few years and no one wants make the tough choices needed to fix it.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • szmarie

      Bill, I'm glad to hear about the Facebook group. It is beyond outrageous – it is totally unacceptable! – that Congress should continue to be paid while our servicemen and servicewomen will not be.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack Russell

    Already upset that it got this far but I think the American people are part if the problem 8 years of George bush Obama starts to fix. Then we the people voted the republicans back to power and now the same voters are the ones crying foul u did the america now deal with what you voted for

    April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      America is dealing with the voting mistake it made... Obama. He is a perfect example as to why only 2 Democrats have ever served 2 terms in history.... Clinton was a very smart man and learned how to combine the good from both parties, Obama is too high on...well, probably a lot of things, but mostly himself, to understand what Clinton did

      April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • szmarie

      Jack Russell, you are absolutely right. Obama did try to bring about the change the voters supported in the 2008 election. Then the Republican'ts began their elementary school games. The reason the Health Care Bill is such a morass is because the Democrats kept making concessions to the Republican'ts in order to try to make it a bi-partisan effort. They should have recognized that it was futile and pounded through the bill the way Obama envisioned it. What we have now barely resembles what he envisioned. And the kindergarten games continue.....

      April 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tru

    What about banks?? I think this is the first step to the new world order we can actualy see. the only way to have enough money to pay our countries debt plus start it up again is to convice the UN that we need one big alliance one currancy an 1 languge maybe 1 religion then we will have a king of th world and look like ancient pagan rome either that or the dollar fails cus they try to print more money

    April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      How many times are you going to post the same garbage. The world is not coming to an end. This has happened before and we got through it just fine. So take your cans of water and dried food and hold up in your shelter till this all passes.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |

    If all of us folks with biases and agendas come away from this discussion with one thing, it should be this realization: 400 people in this country have more money than 150 million of us. think about that! time was when a guy (or girl) could support a family on one job, take vacations, and retire at the end of a career and live out their days in relative comfort. then reagan came along and gave huge tax breaks to all his wealthy buddies. now it takes two jobs, less vacation, and worry about an uncertain future so the top 1% can have more money than they even know what to do with. america is not broke, its just that YOU don't have it. how all those CEOs and wall street pigs must laugh on their yachts when their stooges in congress blather on about cutting social programs and medical programs. and all you military folks out there, open your freaking eyes! if they really supported you they would be talking about providing you with better equipment and paying you a decent salary so you can create a life for your family while serving your country. that's what "supporting our troops" means to me. they wouldn't give one shoelace off of their $1000 italian dress shoes to help you. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      So, it's wealthy people's fault that someone doesn't make much money? Shouldn't you be thanking wealthy people for creating jobs in the first place so that the rest of us can create an income and eat food?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • numbnut

      I'm on your side!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Todd

    YOU ARE A MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. D Miss

    What the world in general is not getting is that it can not operate if it is alienated from the Soveriegn of mankind, our all Mighty Creator. All of this is a result of man dominating man to his own injury. This is an indication that we are living in the last days, when mankind is fierce, headstrong, puffed up with pride, not open to any suggestions. It is a very sad commentary when both parties say they have mankind's best interest in mind, and yet so many individuals are suffering as a result of this stand off. What about our children?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dog

      stfu why bring religion into it

      April 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. josie


    April 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • vey victus

      Please do all the sane people a favor and shut up, if I wanted to hear about conspiracy theories I would watch the show "Conspiracy Theory".
      And for the record I remember the last government shutdown, it ruined christmas for me as a kid and not only that it made it so hundreds no thousands of people were put on furlough and lost their apartments in some cases. They ended up on the streets, or living out of thier cars.
      And you know what I think, yes it is the republicans fault mostly, they are the ones who won't compromise the democrats gave them 32billion in spending cuts they wanted and then some. But they want more, no wait they want it all and they want it now. But the democrats are at fault too, they keep giving in they need to say enough is enough actually they needed to say that a few months ago before this shutdown became a issue.

      Use your brain for once, and stop listening to crazy talk USA.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Anonyreader

    Can we just shut commenter Josie down?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon


      April 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • josie

      WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY ................. BECAUSE I SPEAK THE TRUTH................ ARE U IGNORANT................

      April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOJustice4AK

      I second shutting Josie down!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josie needs to go away

      I think that she's just upset because the Pus-sycats went on tour without her.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dimeout

      I second the Josie shut down motion. Or at the very least take off your freaking caps before you have a heart attack!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steven

    Ok in all honesty everbody is over-reacting to this. So what if the government shuts down. Im in the military and I wont be getting payed. This has happened before and in 1995 it only lasted 21 days. Has anybody ever heard of saving their money either? Maybe some of us who are so worried about this situation should've had an emergency fund just in case. Anyways in all honesty this not that big of a deal and everything is going to work out. Don't lose hope.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rellasmom

      Save money?? that savings has been used over the past 2.5 yrs keeping our business running through a recession. We've made many sacrafices, downsized, cut hours back and taking no paychecks. Now, tell me how was I going to save $$$??? Unbelieveable how so many peeps preach save $$$. We did save, paid off debt, and it got us a lousy credit score and enough to just survive on. I am sick and tire of "just" surviving. Not looking for a vacation, but would like to buy groceries at a grocery store vs. a church. Surviving is just that, Survival!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • szmarie

      If YOU are in the military and not worried, you must be single. Therefore, you have no dependents to worry about. The military will take care of all of YOUR needs – shelter, clothing, food – so of course you don't care. And you are the first of those I predicted would say those who will find themselves in financial trouble as a result of a shutdown are to blame because they didn't save. Well, dude or dudette, when you work for an organization that takes care of all your basic needs, of course you are in a position to save. You are not paying $1,000 in rent or mortgage, $150 or more for electricity, $400 a month for a family to eat (a guesstimate). So, step to the side – you are not one of those we are truly worried about. It's the others who are not in your glorious position that we worry about. Get off your high horse. And before anyone tries to blast me for dissing a service member, know that my dad was what is known as a "lifer" – 20 years in the military, and my mom, my brother and I "served" all or many of those years right along with him. It is not a grand life.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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