What services will be affected in a US government shutdown

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What does a government shutdown mean to you?

If Congress cannot agree on how to fund certain federal government programs by midnight September 30, the government will be forced to shut down. How will Americans be directly affected by the government closure?

Well, it could look quite like what happened in 1995 and 1996 when the federal government was last forced to shut-down. The following areas were affected during the last federal government closure:

Law Enforcement Services – The US government ceased work on some child-support and about 3500 bankruptcy cases. Additionally the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms did not process firearms and alcohol applications.

Health Related Services – The Centers for Disease Control stopped keeping track of diseases. Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health no longer answered calls regarding medical inquiries and stopped the practice of accepting new patients for medical research.

Museums and Park Services – All national parks were closed and approximately 7 million park visitors were unable to visit these parks. In one exception the Grand Canyon’s remained open as the state of Arizona agreed to pay the park’s expenses.

Regulatory Agency Services – Financial regulators that include the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission will most likely shut down. In addition, most of the Environmental Protection Agency will be shut down as well.

Parts of Veteran and Social Security Services – While veterans’ hospitals will remain open and security checks will continue to be processed, other areas could be affected. For example, in the last government shutdown, farm payments and loans ceased, new home loan guarantees ended, and money that helped stated pay for unemployment benefits stopped. With respect to social security, social security customer service decreased; for example, phone calls went unanswered during this time period.

Passport and Visa Services – Visas and passports will not be issued during a government shutdown. During the last government closure thousands of visa application from both Americans and non-Americans went unprocessed each day.

Author: Anna Timone

Anna Timone works in New York-based institutional money management firm that specializes in various investment strategies. Prior to that, Anna worked in Daiwa Asset Management (America ) Ltd, a foreign subsidiary of the Daiwa Asset Management, Co., the second largest investment bank in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. Prior to Daiwa, Anna worked with ING Financial Partners and MetLife Insurance Company. Anna is a member of New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section and sits on the Securities Regulation Committee, Private Funds Committee and Drafting Committee for the NY Bar Association.



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  1. That post just makes me want to burst into a chorus of Kumbaya. :)

  2. is child protective services in northern michigan affected as well?

  3. terr ur evil little do u know the government wont help u unless u turn the baby father over to them. no real women not go let there kids go hungry because baby dads not around hummmm….. believe me i wont lose it baby daddy brung me cash today my baby dad always got my back no matter what ,Thats consider a real grown ass man.

  4. Ok so first of all, the child support laws are fudged up bad in this country. How in the hell do you lock a man up after ten years of paying just because he came on bad times….. I mean, how much more tax money is wasted by locking a child support offender up. Does that benefit the child? Hell no, if your in jail the child don’t get anything. I have been paying child support for 13 yrs and it takes almost have my check to satisfy child support courts. The laws are to strict. I raise 3 other children by myself also and I still have to pay so much child support for only one. Is it really fair to take from one kid to give to another when the father is the one who has to pay it all. I hate it when a fucking woman says she don’t have to do nothing just draw child support……. you shouldn’t be allowed to get none if you cant do your fucking part too!!!!!! But lock a man up for non payment and waste more money….. if he does have a job how’s he supposed to keep it and when he gets out how’s he supposed to find a fucking job in a month now that he has some jail time on his fucking record. It sickens me because I hate dead beat dads, but I hate even worse is a greedy dead beat mother relying on child support, especially when that man could die serving his country, or just driving to work at any given time. Who you going to blame then GOD? Yea I love taking care of my children all of them whether it be thru a support payment or whether it be directly in my home, but what really pisses me off is the over 2/3rds of our working class pay child support and if you get laid off, fired, hurt, disabled, or get deployed…. the laws will put you on a guillotine, but let a man not pay for 20 years and see what happens……. his fucking back payments get eradicated and he can spend 6mnths-year in jail to fix the rest… WOW, why would you punish someone for doing and trying to pay but give the dead beats even more lea way!!!!!! just sayi’n… if people still say that shyt!


    Hard Working, Child Support Paying, Single Dad!

  5. @Jase: No. No. No. No. … “just because he came on bad times …” misses the point entirely. Have you ever come (cum) on “good times” Jase? I mean, really. Time to reassess? Have a good weekend! :D

  6. Jace,

    Sounds like you need to get a bigger paycheck and snipped.

  7. UPDATED* The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down by Obama to Inflict Public Pain http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/05/list-obama-closures-for-shutdown

  8. I agree with jose, so true! And for tanisha, learn some english!!


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