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The Government shutdown sounds like something you believe may not affect you, or can seem very scary as if there is about to be a purge and makes you want to panic inside. To put your mind at ease, a government shutdown is when Congress doesn’t agree on appropriate funds for the federal government budget. When such acts happen, it forces shutdown and signals a complete breakdown in the budget process. It sounds like it may have nothing to do with you, but in fact, it does. It may not affect you in some weird ruin your life type of way but surely may have an impact on family, friends and even parks, etc. in your neighborhood. As stated in the Bloomberg quick talk, for the Washington Post, “Many, though not all, federal government functions are frozen, and many, though not all, federal employees are furloughed. Agencies in the executive branch, the one with the largest workforce and budget, regularly review shutdown plans that spell out what work must continue, and how many employees will be retained, during a “short” lapse (one to five days) and one that lasts longer.” Here are six things the government shutdown will affect.
We know its tax season but guess what it will possibly be delayed. The IRS begins accepting 2017 tax returns on January 29th, but questions may go unanswered, and help from agency employees will be hard to come by due to the government shutdown. More than 50% of the agency’s employees are being furloughed, had it been any other time of the year, that percentage would be even higher.
Supreme courts will have to rely on non-appropriated funds, as it has in the past, to maintain operations through the duration of short-term lapses of appropriations.
Health Disease Outbreak
68% of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who called for a leave of absence during the 2013 government shutdown. As stated on CNN, according to a study in The Journal of Science Policy and Governance, public health surveillance work was left undone, and the flu surveillance program that helps people get flu shots and tracks cases shut down, making it hard to keep the country safe from the flu. The plan going into the current shutdown was to call a leave of absence on 61% of the CDC during a middle of an influenza breakout across the US.
As a big government-runed organization, many military workers are facing disruption in their everyday lives due to not being paid, because of the shutdown. All active military workers will continue to have to work during this time, but will not be paid until after the shutdown is resolved. Most commissaries on military bases in the US will be shut down. Overseas commissaries will remain open.
Although this may be a good time to actually visit a national park because entry is free; due to the government shutdown, there are many people out of work. Meaning they will not be staffed for basic work like picking up trash, staffing visitor centers, or issuing permits.
Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo
Our museums, research centers & the National Zoo are OPEN today.
We will update our status beyond today as soon as we know. #governmentshutdown
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) January 22, 2018
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo, administered by the government of the United States. In the case that the government shutdown lasts more than a few days, the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be closed due to funding.