Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:23:42 AM CSTUpdated On: Oct 01 2013 09:31:06 AM CDT
Need a passport? How about a gun permit? You may be out of luck now that the government has shut down. Here's a look at 12 real impacts a government shutdown will have on your life:
12. National parks and monuments closed -- Need to get away? Well, you can't. At least not to national parks. Or to national zoos. Or to national museums. They'd all be closed. That's 368 National Park Service sites closed, millions of visitors turned away.
11. Government workers furloughed -- Don't come to work if you're a federal employee. You're on furlough. (Offer not valid for workers in "critical services," such as air traffic controllers, hazardous waste handlers and food inspectors.)
10. Military pay? -- The good news is that the men and women in uniform will continue to keep you safe. They'll also keep getting paid despite the shutdown because of legislation signed by President Obama late Monday night.
9. No new taxes? -- You may be thinking, "No functioning government, no need to pay taxes." Think again. The Man would continue to collect taxes. U.S. bonds would still be issued. And other essential banking functions would go on.
8. No new small business loans -- Approval of applications for small business loans through the Small Business Administration would likely be suspended during a shutdown.If you were planning to buy a house and needed a federal loan, you'd also have to wait.
7. Medical research interrupted -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would not be able to take on any new patients, or begin any new clinical trials.
6. Passport services suspended -- Passport about to expire? Get it updated before Sept. 30. Passport services won't be suspended, but it will take a lot longer to get one now that the government has shut down.
5. No trash services -- Expect the trash to pile up in the nation's capital. The budget for Washington, D.C., has to be approved by Congress, so no budget for the city = no trash collection. And, according to The Washington Post, the city produces about 500 tons of garbage each week.
4. Gun permit slowdown -- Any government shutdown would affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Translation: That gun permit you wanted processed wouldn't happen anytime soon.
3. No mail? -- You know that whole "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night" thing? Well, apparently the U.S. Postal Service works through shutdowns as well, so no need to worry about not getting your mail.
2. Health care reform law stymied? -- Oh, the irony. Republicans want to defund health care reform in exchange for funding the government. But the health care act at the center of this storm would continue its implementation process during a shutdown. That's because its funds aren't dependent on the congressional budget process.
1. Morale blow -- Not only does the government run out of money on Oct, 1, the nation is set to hit the debt ceiling and go into default in mid-October. Together, they serve -- in the words of CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta -- as a dysfunction double whammy, and a shutdown would deal a big blow to the collective American psyche.
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