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. Daffy Duck

    Doesn't sound like anything all that essential.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • youareanidiot

      We will stop paying our troops; they stay at work, but their paychecks stop and won't be disbursed again until the shutdown ends. While this doesn't seem like a big deal, it kind of is. While enlisted people are supplied everything, officers often have to pay for things.

      If it goes on long enough, they will run out of ammo, food, fuel. Are we to leave them to die in Afganistan and Iraq?

      April 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Temperate

      Gee Daffy, you better stay out of range of the innumerable families who have loved ones with serious and life threatening conditions who depend on NIH for research to find the causes and cures for their diseases. That you would include their needs in your dismissal of "Doesn't sound like anything all that essential." is callous in the extreme.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mayra

      Nothing essential?????.... what about the military personnel who sacrifice their lives so that you can freely write the ignorant stuff u do. You will never know all the stuff we go through and the helplessness that people like us feel right now. What about all the soldiers and sailors in war zones?...Think before you write your nonsense. This is the type of mentality that divides us as Americans.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    I like how CNN is trying to portray this as a Republican-only problem and that they are at fault (i.e. the reference to trash). Republicans and Democrats are both at fault and both worthless right now.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • southerngirl

      I agree they are all worthless; we should get them all out of office and start over clean. I could make a budget in one day and it sure wouldn't include their perks. I can't believe that they are making sure that they get paid; the nerve.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      So true both are at fault

      April 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sad truth

      It IS A REPUBLICAN problem! They are crying about a small percentage of LAST YEARS BUDGET. U fools/ parrots keep saying can't keep spending but it has absolutely nothing to do with that. It's all about gutting non conservative program funding. "No compromise" is not how a government should be run. That's just elitist, self-righteous anarchistic and bigoted political bullying. Repubs should now be considered American Nazis. Booooo

      April 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jcm52

      Really? Who do you think wants a shut down? Here's a hint:


      April 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • terracotta


      April 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • KL

      It IS a republican problem, and I can say that because I am a republican! (A real republican who believes in the moral policy of the party, not one of these tea party whack jobs who loves money more than their country). My own party, over the last 10 years, has gone from being a party which stood for something to a party of sleazy, crooked businessmen. I think "normal" republicans and democrats should unite to fight the tea party, and when the tea party is obliterated, then talk about balancing the budget the right way (raise taxes on the rich to Clinton-era levels, THEN talk about cutting programs). Shame on the tea party. They are our version of the LaRouche Democrats.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      @Sad....it appears to me, that the term "compromise" only works when used with the term "Republican." It takes TWO to compromise...but the Dems can do no wrong.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. obamayakyak

    where is the story about the gop victory in the wisconsin supreme court race ? CNN was in full orgasm when it thought the dem had one. now that 10,000 misplaced votes gave the victory to the gop there is no a friggin story anywhere at cnn.

    CNN needs to stop carrying the water for obama and his progressive thugs.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Um. You are looking in a "this just in" post. Try looking on the front page for that story.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis

      CNN is to Obama as Fox News is to republicans.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Cnn is no different from FOX when it come to the GOP

      April 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teacher Brian

      I agree with Alexis. CNN is democrat, Fox News is republican. If you want unbiased news, you have to go out of the country to BBC. The only problem with BBC is that there is much less sensationalism.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gwats

    This has the potential to blow up the entire Political landscape. The GOP is firmly behind this, trying to steal what they could not win @ the polls outright. They will not escape the collateral damage any more the you could escape getting blood spatter on you when you stab someone up close.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MIKE

    How about that I can be ordered to sacrifice my life for people who think I make too much money???? And, guess what, I have to report to duty and not get paid even though I have a mortgage payment due. All the greedy elected politicians in DC can kiss my ASS ass they collect ehri guranteed pay check.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack


      I thank you for your service to our nation. I promiss, I will use my vote to get the incompetent manipulators out of office at the next elections, I just hope that all of my fellow citizens stop listening to the baloney fed to us by the media and th epoliticians and start thinking for themselves.

      We need change from the change that we got. I blame both parties for the predicement we are in. The democrats had a chance to pass a budget when they controlled both houses and the White House. And both parties are playing politics with the budget, because they know they can. Neither party deserves to represent patriots such as yourself.

      As for the president? As I suad earlier, we need change from the change he brought us! I pray that somehow, our politicians see the light and try to save the future of this great country.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • southerngirl

      Well said both of you. Thank you for your service as well from me. No greater love hath a man that he lay down his life for his friends J.C.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I agree 100%. I am retired Navy and fully understand how you are NOT overpaid. Both parties bear the blame for this mess. This is NOT democrats or republicans – it's both. They spend more time pointing fingers and trying to make the other party look bad than they spend actually accomplishing anything worthwhile.
      Show me 100 politicians and I'll show you 99 self-serving, sanctimonious prevaricators!

      April 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis

      I completely agree! I'm in the military too and over the last 24 hours have only begun to realize the full ramifications of a government shutdown for us. I'm only affected because of no pay and not being able to take leave to be in my best friend's wedding that is on April 16th, but there are others in much worse situations than I.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • um

      Generally, in cases of shutdown they find ways to pay our deserving service men. Thank you all for your service, I have a long family history of military service and know what it takes to serve our great country. Just so you know, they're trying to pass an exemption for the DOD, meaning soldiers WOULD get paid. Ensuring Military Pay Act – http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.1297: This bill is obviously of great importance, so raise awareness!

      April 8, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Charlie Sheen

    Anybody get tickets to my show?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • southerngirl

      Sorry Charlie LOL!!!! That was funny.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DSK

      Who's Charlie Sheen?

      April 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. EricR

    what happens if the gov't shuts down and no one notices the difference?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Preston

      Oh don't worry, the media will make one up... you may not notice, but you'll think everyone else is.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Best post so far...well done sir.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • justme

      Oh I'll notice that its shut down when my car is repo'ed, I'm evicted from my house, and I'm stealing food for my kids. I'll sleep easy tonight though knowing Congress will still get paid.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      You won't notice anything, but my brother serving in the army overseas with a wife and son at home will

      April 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Please understand that this failure to have a budget was planned all along by the party who decided in 2010 not to do their job. Has everyone forgotten that the Budget was to have been finished last year in 2010 by the House and Senate Democrats? They could have passed it then, but they wanted to kick the can down the road so they could try to pin a shut down and/or impasse on the Republicans. The media is do a great job in forgetting who was RESPONSIBLE to pass the budget and chose not. The sheep are believing what is shoveled to them. Very pathetic all the way 'round.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee


      Too soon you forget the reason why we have this large deficit. If Obama was perfect, it would've taken him at least four years to clean up the deficits that Bush had incurred. Obviously he's not perfect, and has to deal with that mess a bit longer than expected.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • idontwantidiocracy

      What's really sad is that neither side is willing to come to an agreement now, even to keep the thousands of federal workers employed and keep food on the tables of soldiers' families while they've been shipped off to fight. The lawmakers will get paid either way – their staff and other fed workers won't. What's going to happen to all the families when they can't pay their bills – throw them out on the streets with their kids, while the gov't has their spouses overseas fighting their greed war?? The gov't has all kinds of money to funnel to the war machine, but there's no money for education/teachers, the soldiers and their families, etc. Greedy, heartless people! This system has the same flaws that plagued communism – the greediness of people! It's no different just because it's all under the guise of "capitalism" – people go hungry and go without basic needs on a daily basis – yes, here in "america". It's just that those of you shopping all day at Neiman Marcus, driving around in your luxury SUV, or hanging out at the local country club don't have the displeasure of having to look a hungry child in the eyes while you sit on your obese (or lipo'd) tush.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lee Bartholomew

    they keep asking who's to blame. Hey one party is accepting the blame. The tea party. They are demanding it be shut down. There is no blame game here. They want it shut down. So the ball is in the tea party's court.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vwrtb

    End corporate welfare! Welfare for the poor cost average taxpayers 400 a year... Welfare for the rich cost the average taxpayer 1500 dollars a year! Rich are getting richer sitting on 2 trillion dollars! Capitalism has failed... Income inequality is the doom of this nation! When ailment poor start breaking into your homes to eat? And yes... They will have guns too! Good luck

    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Oh no! Can't have anything resembling income equality! That's, at worst, Socialism, and at best, Capitalism! Of course I'm being sarcastic, but those are the McCarthy-type responses you can expect from nutjobs.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Meant to say Communism instead of Capitalism...was reading something while I was typing.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • southerngirl

      It will happen too then they will think twice about political battles and get down to business. If people would open their eyes, it is happening now. People are doing without, they robbed gardens all up and down our countryside last year; it's a shame and it could get bad for the rich as welll.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vwrtb

      Dee. I'm not saying eliminate all income inequality you dolt... Let's be realistic and look at the problem corporate lemming!

      April 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vwrtb

      Oh crap. Sorry dee! Was reading from my phone! Lol. I thought you were a nut job! Lol. Perhaps I am too sensitive to this issue! Again I am sorry!

      April 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. funkybunch

    D Trump will do the job for free!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jenae

    Let the GOP shut it down. Makes it much easier not to vote again for those in office who cannot resolve issues. Can't do their job. Can't negotiate. Can't compromise. Can't think beyond their own beliefs. Can't come up with solutions. But they can without a doubt put the working class in fear. The working class keeping everything going. Yeah thanks.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You are exactly the toolbag that represents the bulk of this nation. You are so nieve and one-sided you can't see past the party line. This could have been passed before the last election when one party had control but they didn't do their job instead they let it go to the bitter end. Cuts need to happen and no raising taxes to 75% wont even fix our deficit even after a few decades get real things need to be cut and cut fast we are a bloated nation that needs a diet. Raise taxes, cut government it is the only solution you can't fix the US without both so both sides need to stop f'ing around.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenae


      April 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenae


      I agree with you in many ways. I am a registered Republican. Just angry with their defiance. As a voter "watching" the news the GOP seems more about getting "other benefits" that have nothing to do with our serious budget issues. Yes cuts NEED to happen.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |


    April 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doing OK, Nof Doing Great...

      Did you make a spelling error? Don't you mean "SALUTE TO OBAMA"?

      Well, actually, it could have been referring to either, or both!

      April 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ObamaSucks

    I dont remember any shut downs while Bush was around, i mean yes he was a moron, but even he didnt go that far. Congrats America this this the change you wanted. I hope you are enjoying it

    April 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • hk

      Look at all the past shutdowns... what party was occupying the white house? Democrats

      April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • idontwantidiocracy

      No there weren't any gov't shutdowns during Bush you moron, but if you remember, he didn't really WIN the election anyway! Plus, he spent his reign ruining the progress made by the Clinton administration. You can't expect Obama to fix in 4 years a mess that took 8 years to make. What americans need to do is rise up and get Big Business out of the gov't! VPs and CEOs shouldn't be crossing over into the White House and vice versa. And every one in gov't should be reminded that they are supposed to be PUBLIC SERVANTS and serving their own greedy agendas after lying to the public to get elected isn't right.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmm

      FYI, there was a shutdown when Clinton the almighty was in office. Just sayin'....

      April 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Military Member

      Bush Senior did

      April 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • marmorata

      Wow. Yes, no shutdowns with Republican presidents. But, the last shutdown came in 1995, after Repubs were elected in 1994 midterms, just as Tea Party/Repubs now. Through obstructionism and inability to compromise, the conservatives are forcing another shutdown.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Christian Troy

    "Ruin Your Day" haha not dramatic at all!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
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