The government shut down as of midnight tonight. I’m sure you have heard all about the speculation in recent days — and now it actually happened. Congress missed its deadline to keep the government running, so now we wait to see if they can reach a compromise.
So you may be wondering… how is this actually going to affect you — the average American.
- Military: The military is up and running, and our active duty serviceman are thankfully still getting paid.
- Postal service: The postal service keeps running through government shutdowns. So, all your junk mail should arrive in a timely manner.
- Banks: Go about your business when it comes to everyday banking, but if you were waiting on a federal loan — you’ll have to keep waiting.
- Social Security: During the last shutdown, Social Security payments were sent out — so we expect the same this time.
- Trash Collection: If you are in D.C., it might get stinky in a couple days. No budget has been approved for the city. Without a budget, there is no trash collection. Hundreds of tons of garbage are produced in D.C. each week. The Department of Motor Vehicles and public libraries in Washington, D.C. will be shut down too.
- Guns: Gun permits obviously aren’t being processed during the shutdown due to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives being affected.
- Parks: All the national parks, national zoos and national museums are closed. So, if you were planning to visit any of these this week, you’ll be one of the millions of visitors being turned away.
- Taxes: Sadly, when it comes to the IRS, it’s business as usual — well sort of. You still have to pay your taxes when they are due, but if you need any assistance — the IRS isn’t going to take your calls.
Unfortunately, a couple million federal workers will be furloughed, ranging from 97 percent of NASA workers to 15 percent of the Department of Justice workers. Check out some of the other details about the federal furloughs and find out who stays and who goes.