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As of 12:01 am...

Posted by on Jan. 20, 2018 at 4:54 AM
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The federal government has shut down as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, after lawmakers failed to agree on a spending deal. This is the first time in modern history that a single party controlling the House, the Senate and the White House shut down its government.
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Sparkles4Lui
by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2018 at 4:55 AM
Well, that sucks.
MeaganP
by Member on Jan. 20, 2018 at 5:15 AM
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Who cares it shut down I only feel bad for the people that whose jobs will be put on hold and not get paid

Carpy
by Emerald Member on Jan. 20, 2018 at 5:53 AM
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Good. Keep it shut down until they all work out an acceptable budget instead of one continuing resolution after another.
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by Pepperlynn on Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:05 AM
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Reading.Rainbow
by Sif on Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:11 AM
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Quoting Carpy: Good. Keep it shut down until they all work out an acceptable budget instead of one continuing resolution after another.

Did you actually just say "Good" to disabled veterans not receiving benefits ?



Carpy
by Emerald Member on Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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Nope. Disabled veterans will receive their benefits.

Quoting Reading.Rainbow:

Quoting Carpy: Good. Keep it shut down until they all work out an acceptable budget instead of one continuing resolution after another.

Did you actually just say "Good" to disabled veterans not receiving benefits ?

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:37 AM

They still get their benefits

Quoting Reading.Rainbow:


Quoting Carpy: Good. Keep it shut down until they all work out an acceptable budget instead of one continuing resolution after another.

Did you actually just say "Good" to disabled veterans not receiving benefits ?




Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:38 AM
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We have been skirting the law without a budget since 2009

Thanks Obama

Quoting Carpy: Good. Keep it shut down until they all work out an acceptable budget instead of one continuing resolution after another.


Reading.Rainbow
by Sif on Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:39 AM
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The real victims of government shutdowns are poor kids, military vets, and low-paid workers

A cafeteria worker at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
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The government has officially shut down. The Senate is expected to vote Saturday on a bill that will extend government funding for a few days —or weeks— to buy more time to negotiate an immigration deal without disrupting the government. If Congress and the White House can't reach a deal (which is quite possible based on their track record), hundreds of thousands of "non-essential" government employees won't report to work next week.

The shutdown won’t affect the politicians responsible for it — members of Congress, after all, keep getting paid when the government shuts down.

But what the 2013 government shutdown showed us is that some Americans really do suffer — specifically poor kids in the Head Start program; military families; and janitors, security guards and other low-wage federal contractors.

It's hard to grasp how many programs and services across the country rely on funding from the annual spending bill that Congress passes. But in October 2013, more than 850,000 federal workers were furloughed for the 16-day shutdown, affecting services for all Americans in all 50 states. Only “essential” government employees were allowed to work: anyone whose job is a matter of life and death or an urgent public safety matter.

There’s no evidence anyone died as a result of the 2013 shutdown, though as Tom Frieden, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Vox, “In practice it’s certainly possible. We didn’t have our systems fully up and running to assess that.”

But we do know it hurt many Americans who depend on services funded by the appropriations bill. Here are three groups of Americans who lost, and are likely to lose again if the government shuts down on Friday.

Low-income kids in Head Start

More than 6,300 low-income kids in six states couldn't attend their federally funded Head Start preschools during the 2013 shutdown, according to a White House report. These Head Start centers, which rely largely on federal money, teach children early learning skills to help them succeed in kindergarten. They also provide kids with meals and health care services.

The centers that relied on fall funding in 2013 closed during the shutdown because they didn’t get grants to pay employees. The schools that shut down were in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

The director of an Alabama Head Start program serving 770 kids said parents were frantic about where to take their kids so they could work. Dora Jones, the director of Cheaha Regional Head Start in Talladega, Alabama, said many had no other option.

"Our biggest concern here is that they’re gonna leave these children in unsafe settings, unlicensed home care facilities or some of them may even leave children at home," she toldNPR at the time.

Eventually, philanthropists reopened the schools with donations to the National Head Start Association. But some didn't open their doors for nine days.

Military families and veterans

Perhaps no group of Americans was impacted by the shutdown as much as military veterans and families. The federal government provides a ton of services to them —everything from health care to education, housing, recreation, and subsidized groceries.

Military hospitals and clinics mostly stayed open, and veterans could still call crisis hotlines. But a lot of other important programs were suddenly out of reach. Military veterans couldn't get education counseling or job training help. No one answered the information hotline for questions about military benefits. The VA stopped processing disability claims, adding to the backlog of about 418,000 claims.

Active-duty service members and their families also got screwed. Subsidized grocery stores on US military bases — known as commissaries — closed down for at least a week.

Relatives of service members who died couldn't immediately get money for their funerals. The Department of Defense stopped processing the $100,000 death benefit that was usually sent to grieving families within 48 hours.

Many child care centers on military bases also closed, forcing working military spouses to stay home or scramble to find backup care. And soldiers and their families had to reschedule non-emergency surgeries at several military hospitals.

Low-wage federal contractors

More than 850,000 federal workers who were furloughed during the shutdown eventually got repaid. But most of the janitors, security guards, and cafeteria servers who work in federal buildings didn't.

More than 700 janitors and security guards and 500 food service workers were unable to work in the Washington, DC, area during the shutdown, according to the Washington Post.

The head of a local janitorial company told the Post at the time that 100 employees who cleaned the Labor and Justice Departments couldn't work. It ended up costing his company $80,000.

“We were told just to bill for the services we provided,” said Larry Westfall, vice president of R&R Janitorial Painting & Building Services. “The government did not pay us, and we could not pay our workers.”

Several workers had to take part-time jobs to pay their bills.

Quoting Carpy: Nope. Disabled veterans will receive their benefits.
Quoting Reading.Rainbow:


Quoting Carpy: Good. Keep it shut down until they all work out an acceptable budget instead of one continuing resolution after another.

Did you actually just say "Good" to disabled veterans not receiving benefits ?




Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:40 AM
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Again, no understanding of what is even going on.

Quoting Reading.Rainbow:


Quoting Carpy: Good. Keep it shut down until they all work out an acceptable budget instead of one continuing resolution after another.

Did you actually just say "Good" to disabled veterans not receiving benefits ?




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