For the first time since 1997, the U.S. government has shut down. This happens when Congress fails to pass authorization to sufficiently fund local and federal government operations. During a shutdown, the government will usually stop providing all services except those that are deemed “essential”.
Here are 22 ways that the government shutdown will affect your life:
#1 – If you get the flu: During a shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will not be receiving funding to support its annual flu vaccination program.
#2 – No pay for military personnel: Members of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Marines, etc) will have their paychecks put on hold while they continue to work.
#3 – Little assistance for troubled boaters: The Coast Guard will cut back on routine patrols and navigation assistance if you have trouble while on the water.
#4 – Delayed death benefits: Families of soldiers killed in action will have their death benefits delayed.
#5 – Delayed applications for gun permits: Applications for gun permits will likely be delayed due to furloughs at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
#6 – Delayed passport and visa applications: The processing of passport and visa applications will be delayed at the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.
#7 – National parks closed: All 400+ national parks around the country will be closed. People temporarily or permanently living in national parks and forests will have to relocate.
#8 – Delayed small business loan applications: Due to reduced staff, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be processing and approving applications at a much smaller pace.
#9 – Problems with employment verification: During a shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify program will be offline.
#10 – Mortgage application problems: The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the USDA won’t guarantee new loans.
#11 – National museums closed: Most government-funded museums, including all Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington, DC, will be closed.
#12 – No pesticide regulation: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will shut down.
#13 – Veterans’ pensions will run out: The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will run out of funding for regular payment checks after a few weeks.
#14 – No more food assistance: The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will no longer issue payments to needy families.
#15 – No automobile recall inspections: The Dept of Transportation (DOT) says routine defects and recall information from manufacturers and consumers would not be reviewed.
#16 – Reduced food and drug safety research: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will reduce their staff by up to 50%.
#17 – No energy assistance: If it continues through the winter, people without heat will have trouble receiving assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
#18 – Reduced consumer protection: The Futures Trading Commission (FTC) will greatly reduce it’s staff and maintain only a bare minimum level of oversight and surveillance to stop fraudulent practices.
#19 – No tax services: The IRS will shut down its tax hotline, and will stop processing tax payments.
#20 – College funding cutbacks: Students applying for Pell grants and student loans will experience delays from the Dept of Education.
#21 – Reduced welfare assistance: Financial assistance for needy families will be discontinued. However, some individual states may help out.
#22 – No head start for Head Start: The pre-K child development program will stop giving out new grants. •