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. OutofControl

    Hopefully they can keep it shut down for a few months – we need a balanced budget not more debt.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      We had a balance budget – one that produced a surplus. Under President Clinton. Thank your savior W for the budget deficits we now currently enjoy.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. desi nerd

    Either your keyboard is broken or you are drunk. Which one is it?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve B

    This isn't about racism its about partison politics and both sides play a part. We need to start working together as americans instead of playing favorites and allowing racism to skew our view of the real problem.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Time for a new govt!

    Congress should NOT be paid should they shut down the govt!

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

      now this is someone who makes sense OPERATION AMERICAN FREEDOM.. GOOD LUCK AMERICANS.............. UR JJUST AS DUMB AS I THOUGHT U WERE............... SO SAD.................... REMEMBER.........ILLUMINATI... FREEMASONS AND SKULSS AND BONES SECRET SOCIETIES........... WILL RULE BUT BECAUSE U ARE ALLL.. BRAINWASHED............ REMEMBER ME JOSIE.... GOODBYE AND GOODLUCK I GAVE U INSIDE SCOOPS NOBODY CARES...... THAT IS UR PROBLEM BYE .I ALWAYS KNEW AMERICANS .. NOT TOO INTELLIGENT

      April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      ^ josie dont change your name we still know its you and also you call us "not too intelligent" but why dont you read your post TALLLKINGGG LIIIKEETHIISSSS DOESSSNTTT LOOK VERRYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOD

      April 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wilson

    Okay... soon as American Idol is over. Oh wait! There's that new show coming on too... and I have to check my Facebook page... and what were you asking?

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

      You're the most honest person here...

      April 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aaron akazoso

    Is this warning enough?? Should I run for the hills?? At the rate I am losing faith in any security I may have in this 1st world country, I will be in survival mode by the end of the year, living off the land.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jOSIE

      buddy.......................stop and think..................but if ur brain cant reach that state what can i say.............. TOO BAD FOR YOU

      April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Allison

    If I remember correctly, the last time the gov shut down, all the furloughed employees received back pay when they returned to work. If anyone else remembers it that way too, please confirm

    April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HIGGS BOSON

    Senator Al Franken has proposed a "Pay for War" resolution that would require Congress to raise taxes and/or cut spending before authorizing new acts of war, so that American foreign adventures can't contribute to the national debt.

    "We have to ensure that Iraq and Afghanistan remain anomalies in American history," Franken said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "And that's what my resolution seeks to do. It will ensure that future wars don't make our deficit and debt problem worse. It will ensure that Congress and American citizens must face the financial sacrifice of going to war. And it will force us to decide whether a war is worth that sacrifice."
    "In the last ten years our wars have been paid for by borrowing," Franken said. "The Iraq War was accompanied by a massive tax cut. That failed fiscal experiment created the impression that war requires no financial sacrifice. We know that is just not true. The question is who will bear the financial sacrifice, the generation that has decided to go to war or its children and grandchildren?"

    April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T. Jefferson

    I agree Amigo. The wolves have shed their sheep's clothing.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wilson

    Shut it down and rethink the national strategy. What we've been doing is not working.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ChickenFalker

    shut up you idiot.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jACK67

      CHICKEN IDIOT.. WHAT DO U DO CHASE CHICKENS.............. YOU HAVE A DEGREE.................... OR ARE U JUST AN IGNORANT MAN................. WHO JUST KNOWS HOW TO SAY SHUT UP

      April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Drivesa Toyota

    The Federal Government pays for the trash pickup in Detroit? What?

    Time for the Wonderful People in the Rust Belt to pay to pick up their own trash (but then where do you start?)

    Shut it down.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. josie

    policiticans will all BURN IN HELLLLLLLLLLLL AND THAT IS A FACT

    April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josie needs to go away

      Politicians will burn in hell for a fact, huh Josie? Now you are the one deciding everyone's eternal fate? I'm pretty sure that you are not God.....he can put together a coherent sentence.....and he doesn't have to use ALL CAPS TO GET HIS POINT ACROSS!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Serving in the Military

    It is official members of the military are only getting 1/2 of there paycheck. How do they expect us to leave our families and deploy around the world to make america safe, but our paychecks are not safe?

    April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T. Jefferson

    Not so fast Rick. Look a little closer and you'll see just how much you DO depend on the Feds. Many people who helped to put these "Tea Baggers" in office, couldn't wipe their own butts without some form of government help.

    THE TEA PARTY IS OVER IN 2012!

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