Why Did the Shutdown Occur
Lawmakers are at an impasse on a bill to finance the government. As a result, only functions that are deemed essential will operate, while all others will be shutdown, and workers in those areas furloughed or experience a delay in pay. Ironically, the shutdown may wind up costing taxpayers money down the road, since the process to initiate a shutdown does not come cheap.
Mail is Unaffected
The post office, although a branch of the federal government does not receive any government funding. Therefore, it is operating at business as usual.
Forget Museums and National Monuments: You Can’t Visit
The statue of liberty is closed, the National Zoo is closed, fountains are shut off on the National Mall, and you won’t be able to get in to any of the many parks, museums, zoos and historic places that are funded by the government.
Don’t Get Sick
While the new health care system went into effect, it has been difficult for many to get in to sign up for it. Obama care is funded differently, so it won’t be affected at all. However, veterans medical services and benefits may be delayed, the Centers of Disease Control is no longer monitoring possible outbreaks and pandemics. Meet inspection will continue, but other monitoring of food and drugs may be affected.
You’ll Have to Wait
If you are in the process of seeking out a federal loan to buy a house, forget it. You’ll have to wait. The same thing goes for getting a gun permit, a visa or a passport.
Federal Workers to Be Furloughed
If you work for the government, you may be furloughed or asked to continue to work without pay.
The Court System
The federal court system will continue to operate as normal for the next 10 days. After that, a funding solution would be needed.
Elementary and secondary schools are covered through the first week of October. After that, many federally funded programs will be affected.
Air traffic controllers will remain on the job. As for public buses and trains, they may operate for a while on revenue, but most rely on federal subsidies, so service could be affected in the long-term.
Congress, the President and the Military
Congress and the president will continue to receive a salary. At least one member of congress has said he would donate his salary to charity while the shutdown is in effect. Military personnel will be paid, although members of the National Guard may be furloughed.