Government shutdown: what it means for you

We can expect the effects of the recent federal shutdown to be evident right here at SPSCC with Joint Base Lewis-McChord nearby. Civilian employees at all military bases have been sent home on leave without pay.
However, the Senate and the House came to a budget resolution for the military shortly after the shutdown, so service members will continue to receive pay.

People may be scared of government shutdowns, but should you be? While government shutdowns are not the end of the world as we know it, a shutdown could make life more difficult for some people, including those you know.

A significant interruption in our economy could occur. National parks will close for the duration of a shutdown, generating loss of revenue. Vacations may be cancelled; holiday spending may be limited; and, many federal programs and other agencies would suffer from a shutdown as well.

The previous shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 cost the government $1.4 billion, according to CNN. It costs money to shutdown the government, and it also costs money to open it up again. Why would this happen in the first place?

Over the past few weeks, many Republicans of the House of Representatives have challenged the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. To show their dissatisfaction, the house will not come to agreement on a budget resolution, forcing a shutdown.

It is hard to say when the shutdown will end because congress members seem fairly committed to their positions, said Peter Rex, political science professor at SPSCC, before the shutdown.

Rex said he would not be surprised to see a short-term agreement between parties that would push the budget back.
National parks in Washington state are closed until further notice. The park rangers at Mt. Rainier national park gave campers, hikers and tourists 48 hours to leave the park, according to KOMO 4 News. Passport services will remain open.

The entire country has erupted with opinions, finger-pointing and parody on social and news media about this issue.

Check our next issue for more government shutdown updates.

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