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. TR

    Tar and feather all the postuirng teabaggers and THEIR representatives who think they actually have a clue as to what they are doing. Take back the $700 billion in tax cuts to the wealthy and cut the cap on SS taxes...these idiots have asked for no deficit while handing money hand over fist to the wealthy and corporate interests over the poor and children. We should all take our trash as said to you closest local Republican for them contriving this mess again. They are out to hurt working people and their families to make our nation a plutocracy-they suck and are totally against what the founding fathers would want and laughable as christians.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jnhks

    No processing of my paper-filed IRS return? OK.... so if the government shuts down 30-days my 5K refund that is not being processed becomes a LOAN to the US GOV; and I'm going to charge 50% interest per month including a 30% late fee every 30-days. My 5K refund quickly becomes a 15K refund. Why not? The credit card companies are thieves and they get away with it.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mari

    this is so sick

    April 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Milkman

    Only in America.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anon

    more proof the world is ending

    April 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bureaucratic nightmare, aka US Govt.

    The sad thing is while federal employees will not get paid during the shutdown, politicians will. They should not be paid and be forced to pay penalties for every day they can't come to an agreement.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jenae

    Pay the military not yourself. Duh!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cora


    April 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Logical Voter

    They have reached an agreement ....buncha freakin' nutbags! Look at all the hostility that they caused, unnecessary worry and I bet a huge amount of metoprolol tartrate was taken to lower the pressure!

    I am deciding on my 2012 votes throughout ALL of this BS! Then it's really ON! If our politicians want to screw with the American People AND our Troops overseas and everywhere else they are.. guess again! Tired of being your Beast of Burden!
    AND, may I remind my fellow Americans to please:
    If you can't FEED 'em, DON'T Breed 'em!
    Conserve energy and support our education system

    April 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. survivalofthefitest

    i love the smell of crap in the morning. so please people, keep talking. everyone's tougher behind a keyboard than in real life and i think it's cute. this forum will easily keep me amused all day

    April 9, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Grace

    Sad to see so many snarky comments by thousands of Americans: insults, cussing, labeling and anger...yet nothing compassionate, intelligent or productive. "A people get the government they deserve," seems true once again.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chache

    I agree with you Mikey. We, as citizens need to unite and do what our politicians can't. Let's get this country back!

    April 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Emilio R. Garcia Jr.

    Just a simple question: has anyone ever thought of demanding no pay nor privilaged benefits for polticians and lawmakers of Both Sides Of The Isle during such "hot air" la-la land reality check need to balance the Federal Budget? Just keep lawmakers under public scrutiny and ban lobbyists (pork barrel politics).

    April 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. michelle

    lara, im happy for you and your family glad you can save up for rainy days unfortunately maybe you havent been moved enough as military. we were just pcs'd out of hawaii with three kids and it was expensive no they dont pay for everything when you move. 2 cars 2,000 dollars yes my cars are necessary cause i need a way to get my kids to school in a state that charges you for bus transportation. the cost of the hotel is paid out of pocket up front that was 600 hundred dollars we dont recieve that back for a few more weeks, i had to buy my kids winter clothes and boots and of course the pro rated rent amount to move out of the military apartment and the cost to steam vac the rugs (required) and of course they flew us delta so we had to pay for our own bags. and food isnt cheap and still wont see that pay for weeks. already we have used up our saved money (taxes) now when we get to our new place we have to have security deposit and any other necessities like fridge, stove etc. good for you lara glad your an exception who put money aside like we did unfortunalty we had to use ours in a required moved.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ike F. Sanglay

    If that will happen, the old west scenario will return, just like in the movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...

    April 11, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
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