Who Will, Won’t and Might be Affected by U.S. Government Shutdown

*They WILL BE affected by the shutdown:

• 40% of public workers, about 800,000 people, won’t be getting their paychecks. They still need to pay their rent and food, though.
Tourists: 368 national parks and museums are closed. No visits to Miss Liberty in New York or to the free Smithsonian collections in Washigton.
Businesses who depend on tourists
New patients won’t be accepted at National Institutes of Health.
Construction workers: safety and health inspectors will not be carrying out inspections unless there is an emergency.
Gun permits won’t be issued because the shutdown the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The whole economy. A shutdown doesn’t come cheap. According to the Congressional Research Service, the two previous ones -1995 and 1996- cost the country $1.4 billion. Brian Kessler, economist with Moody’s Analytics estimates that a 3-4 week shutdown would cost the economy about $55 billion, CNN reports.

*They WILL NOT BE affected by the shutdown:

• The Affordable Care Act, that is Obamacare, will still be implemented, starting this Tuesday Oct 1, since it isn’t directly tied to funding the government.
• An estimated two-thirds of the government — the “essential functions” — will continue operating.
• Workers in “critical services”: air traffic controllers, hazardous waste handlers and food inspectors.
U.S. troops.

*They MIGHT be affected:

Passports: If the State Department uses up outside funds. That can affect tourism and airline revenues too.
Markets will assess the impact, but we don’t know to what extent yet. Many in Wall Street believe the direct hit should be minimal to the factors that drive stocks.
Politics’ sex-appeal. Americans are tired of the Congress’ circus.
America’s image abroad. “It is a dangerous message to the world,” Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said. In his view, the shutdown gives the United States a black eye.
The old Republican Party. For the freshmen, the Tea Party members, the shutdown might be a victory, a proof of their power inside the GOP, although more moderate Republicans are becoming hostages of their radical positions.

About the Author

Ana Fuentes
Columnist for El País and a contributor to SER (Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión), was the first editor-in-chief of The Corner. Currently based in Madrid, she has been a correspondent in New York, Beijing and Paris for several international media outlets such as Prisa Radio, Radio Netherlands or CNN en español. Ana holds a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University in Madrid and the Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Master's in Journalism from Spanish newspaper El País.

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