How the Government Shutdown is Going to Ruin Your Week

If you’ve been neglecting the news in favor if E! and had your homepage set to Perez since forever ago, you may not have heard that there’s a very good chance the government is going to be shutting down tonight. If you’re rolling your eyes and thinking this doesn’t matter to your life, think again.

Here are five reasons why you should care–and how the shut down of the Federal Government is going to affect you. Which it will.

1. Once the government shuts down, all official offices will be closed, including the sector responsible for travel visas and passports. So all you kids with upcoming study abroad prospects, great summer vacation plans or those of you with expired visas and hopes of a quick trip to Canada (for some legal 19-year-old drinking) can kiss that all good bye.

2. When the IRS closes, they won’t be able to send out that tax refund you’ve been setting aside for cute new spring dresses to rock to class once it warms up. Sure, the post office will still get packages out, but what good is online shopping if you can’t pay for it?

3. If your parents work for the government they’ll be sent home, without pay. Or worse, they might be asked to come in and work for free. Federal employees aren’t just senators and representatives, but account for 4.4 million employees. Check out this HUGE list of all the jobs that are funded by the government.

4. Military personnel will go unpaid. Know someone abroad fighting for our freedom? Apparently that sacrifice isn’t enough. Now they’ll be serving for free until this is resolved.

5. The EPA will cease cleaning up toxic waste sites once offices close on Friday. Yum, toxins in my Nalgene seem like a fun change.

Both sides are arguing about where and how to spend funds, and wasted time and failed negations have left us with only hours until the deadline. Among those issues are the Republicans’ aim to defund Planned Parenthood and refuse to approve a budget that includes Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare to thousands of low-income women and children.



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  2. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for this article! One of the classes Political Science majors are required to take at my school discusses how much apathy people in our generation have. Just today, we were talking about how few young people are going to care about this shut down. I really appreciate how you did more than just tell people to care, you gave reasons that people can actually relate to.

    Just to add another one…if you have applied or plan on applying in the near future for the Peace Corps/AmeriCorps/VISTA programs, your application won't be read and websites won't be updated until the shutdown is over. That's a very scary prospect for those graduating soon and hoping to get into those programs.

  3. Why are the democrats blaming women for the government shut down?

    They ignore our issues for years but suddenly women’s rights are important enough to shut down the government. They should stop hiding behind our petticoats!

  4. Megs says:

    People need to chill out and just pass budget reform. This isn't about women, it's about spending. They need to cut the budget, pay the military, and do their goddamn jobs.

    1. melissahuang says:

      Every $1 spent on funding Planned Parenthood saves the taxpayers $4. In addition to actually saving us money, the amount Planned Parenthood receives is miniscule in comparison to the overall budget. Clearly defunding Planned Parenthood isn't about reducing the deficit.

      Anti-choice extremists are seizing this opportunity to try and defund a group that is the sole healthcare provider for millions of women (and men, but primarily women). Planned Parenthood's funding provides cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, and sex ed for countless numbers of women and men. The GOP is making what should be a discussion on reducing the deficit into a way to force their ideology on others.

      If this wasn't about women, Republicans would have moved on from this portion of the budget ages ago. You want the Democrats to do their goddamn jobs? They're working to compromise on budget cuts while Republicans are refusing to pass the bill solely on the fact that Planned Parenthood receives funding. Who's really the bad guy here?

  5. Allison says:

    As some one who is directly affected, a current AmeriCorps*VISTA, this possible shutdown is a lot of stress. ON top of that, we are expected to continue working, with out pay, for as long as the shut down lasts. Most of us already work 40-70 hour weeks, but our living stipends barely cover rent and food. Several people in my program are already looking into quitting since no one can afford to work 40 hours a week and not be paid. I drive 40+ miles to work a day and only have enough gas money to last for a week, maybe. I've been watching this budget debate for the past 6 months and I am beyond disappointed.

    Both sides are at fault, congress will STILL be paid while the government is shut down.

  6. Jolang says:

    Just so we're clear…Congress is still getting paid. Generously.

    1. Emily says:

      There's a law that requires them to be paid, even if the government shuts down. If they weren't getting paid, they wouldn't work and then we'd be in a complete anarchy.

  7. mkdc says:

    what about the entire city of Washington, DC, whose budget is controlled by Congress? Too many people (Congressmembers ESPECIALLY) forget that this is a living, breathing city of more than 600,000 people, but that this city has hardly any autonomy! And so many people in DC are low income and dependent on social programs that will be put on hold during the event of a shutdown. Luckily the public schools will still be in session, but everything from the library to the Department of Public Works (aka trash pickup!) will be closed.

    While I am completely willing to sacrifice my access to city and federal programs (because here, they are so often one in the same) for as long as it takes to get a budget that INCLUDES federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the people that really suffer are the most vulnerable members of society, who rely on government programs just to try and keep their feet under them. Planned Parenthood is one of those government programs.

  8. Classic NYer says:

    Why is bipartisanship so fucking hard?

  9. Alex says:

    The government's not shutting down, but this young person cares:

  10. Emily Chapman says:

    This is an insanely, insanely tiny portion of the budget which provides critical services to low-income women. This is incredibly petty and inhumane. The fact that Boener doesn't like pap smears should not shut down the goddamn government.

  11. Alison says:

    "Among those issues are the Republicans’ aim to defund Planned Parenthood and refuse to approve a budget that includes Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare to thousands of low-income women and children."

    It was a decent article until this last sentence. It's not like republicans don't care about young women: in fact, it's nothing personal at all. If we don't have the money to spend, then we can't spend it! It's that simple. Just because some people aren't getting healthcare doesn't mean we have to screw the entire country over.

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