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BREAKING NEWS: A Government shutdown underway, what is it and will it affect you?

You may have heard commotion all around recently about a potential “government shutdown” and tonight it is likely to happen.

A Government shutdown is possible tonight if Democrats and Republicans don’t come to an agreement on a budget deal. You may have questions about a “government shutdown” and what it means for the world, for the nation, for you. Basically, it means that all non-essential government employees will no longer be working if the two parties don’t come to a budget deal agreement before midnight tonight.

It’s a Capitol Hill problem for sure but if it goes into effect, it could possibly interfere with things for a lot of people who plan to travel, receive health care, or want to file taxes early.

Why are both parties, Democrats, and Republicans arguing?

Both Democrats and Republics certainly would like to have the government stay open but they wait it to happen on their own terms and it’s not working for either. Democrats are willing to pass a budget as long as it includes funding for (DACA) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. The popular program has allowed immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to stay, study and work without the fear of deportation. Democrats are also willing to pass a budget that includes DACA and President Donald Trump’s border wall, but alas, Trump said he didn’t like the plan.

Republicans are in anger at the idea of passing another short-term funding solution as they believe it will hurt the military.

“My Democratic colleagues’ demand on illegal immigration at the behest of their far-left base have crowded out all other important business,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters. “I think the American people clearly would not expect us to act this way.”

Minority Leader Chuch Schumer disagreed, “The leader is looking to deflect blame. But it just won’t work. We all know what the problems is. It’s complete disarray on the Republican side.”

What will happen if the government shuts down?

If the government shut down, all non-essential government personnel will be put on furlough. They will not be fired, but they won’t be paid either. National parks, national museums and national zoo staff members, people who issue passports, and those who issue small business loans are some who are affected, according to CNN.

In case you are in need of an emergency passport, already have a trip planned to a national park, or are looking for assistance for your business, you may simply need to wait out the shutdown if it occurs.

The National Institute of Health could greatly be impacted by a shutdown. In 2013, the government shutdown meant that “Hundreds of patients were prevented from enrolling in clinical trials,” according to an impact analysis by the Obama administration. Now this time, it could hinder the agency’s ability to get news and information out about this year’s deadly flu season.

In 2013, almost $4 billion in tax refunds were delayed, which could happen again tonight. Both the food and drug administration to the Environmental Protection Agency had to cancel health and safety inspections. If the government shut down, do not eat at any new restaurants. 

During the 2013 shutdown, close to 850,000 people were put on furlough per day and the shutdown lasted 16 days. They were, however, paid back once the shutdown ended.

Who will keep working during the government shutdown?

Overlooking what Trump tweets, members of the military are still considered “essential” staff so they will still be working, however, civilian members of the military will be sent home. The U.S. Postal Service will continue to operate. Other civilian servants won’t be paid during the shutdown, members of Congress will, as they wrote it into law.

How much could this cost America?

PBS says, during the last shutdown the United States economy lost a staggering $24 billion. 120,000 private sector jobs were lost during that time as well.

How long could this shut down last if it happens?

It’s really up to how quickly Republicans, Democrats and the president himself can come to an agreement.

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