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. KGreene

    I wish we could have an article that just listed "the departments closing" and then info to deal with it, not the opinion of the news reporter. I just want facts. :::Sheesh!!::

    April 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. szmarie

    I think it's time for the American public to stand up and say, in the words made famous in that classic movie, Network - I'M MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mikey

    Do i still file my tax returns haven't had time to watch television.?

    April 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gus

    Did all you folks who voted in the Tea Party candidates understand that this country WILL be made over as they see fit or jobs, medical care, military families, etc. can all go to hell in a handbasket? What a bunch of lamebrains!
    While economists, who are well-recognized in their field, tell us our deficit is not nearly the cliffhanger situation some like to claim, Republicans in general are trying to make hay while they can. If you don't believe that, look at the Simpson-Bowles recommendations. That was a bipartisan group that said some sacred cows, like Social Security, Medicare & Medicade, are going to have to be revamped. But their list didn't justify what the Tea Party is trying to do.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marc Russell

    If the gov't needs to balance the budget..period...why don't they just cut an equal percentage of every program to get there? They are not trying to balance the budget, they are arguing about what should be funded by the gov't...big difference. Get 'Er Done now and then you can worry about bickering over which programs should be funded under a cap of what the gov't can spend.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Goode

    Shut 'er down!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Really?!?

    This is ridiclous!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kristian Erickson

    I am middle class. I pay a huge amount of taxes. My brother is wealthy and has a huge Herford ranch. He pays zero taxes. He is a right winger who considers himself to be a "true American"...we must start having the rich get taxed

    April 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. theresa

    TO everyone the Dfas system for military has already put almost everyone militarys les OUT online. we are only geting paid from 4-1/4-8 in the event shutdown happens tonight. IF it does not then we will see two seperate checks. one from 4-1/4/8 and one from 4/8-4/15. Im one of the famlys that will be effected. my spouse is on 4th tour overseas and we have three kids. on top of that im in college at the moment. The shut down will greatly effect those military. We military cant even get any loans bc govt passed a bill years ago saying we cant bc of intrest rates....Thanks govt you suck.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sunbash78

    This is why republicans n tea party pieces of crapolla will never run this country again. Bush put us in debt. N tea party finished destroying ssi, government n everything. Now its up to Obama to secure his place ad one of the best president of all times. VOTE OBAMA. TEA PARTY N REPUBLICANS ARE SHOWING THE SIGNS THAT THIS IS WAT TO EXPECT IF THEY RUN. WE AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD NEVER ALLOW TEA N REP TO RUN.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bubba

    The pols continue to get paid and receive gold standard healhcare

    April 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Winston

    For those who wanted to drink "Tea" enjoy. You sent a bunch of people to the House of Representatives to shut down the government... Really Smart!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USN

    @ James... if you don't like it, I helped give you the freedom to get the F out. Go on, get out of here. It's people like you that I hate fighting for. Can't appreciate S...

    April 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. damon

    U know we should all just not vote this election if they could shut down then why couldn't we. Let's see what happens then. I thank all u guys defending my rights.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. D-Pryde

    WoW, Its the end of america. This is just one of the 5 steps to the end of America

    April 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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