1. 27 Things You Can Expect to Happen When the Government Shuts Down

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    “I’m going off the rails on a crazy train.” Ozzy Osbourne

    Will lawmakers find a way to keep the federal government from shutting down tonight? It doesn’t look promising.

    The country’s current spending bill is scheduled to expire at 12:00 am on Tuesday, October 1, which means a government shutdown if Congressional Republicans and Democrats can’t reach a compromise over the next few hours. Here’s what to expect when it happens:

    1. Passports and visas will only be processed in “life or death” situations.
    2. All national parks will close (campers currently in parks will be given two days to leave).
    3. Border controls to come into the US will take significantly longer.
    4. Social security checks will be sent out.
    5. Mortgage approvals will be delayed.
    6. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act will continue as planned.
    7. Some ports into the US will close.
    8. E-Verify, the Dept of Homeland Security’s online employment eligibility verification database, will cease operations.
    9. Medicare and Medicaid payments will continue (though likely at a slower pace).
    10. FTC approval of merger requests will slow.
    11. The SEC will be open and operational.
    12. The US Patent and Trade Office will remain open for business.
    13. Most NASA employees will be sent home (but not the six crewmembers on the International Space Station).
    14. The Farm Service Agency will stop processing loan applications.
    15. The Small Business Administration will shut down nearly all of its loan programs.
    16. President Obama will keep working (and will keep drawing his salary).
    17. The US Postal Service will continue to deliver mail.
    18. Most food safety inspections will continue.
    19. The government will continue to pay unemployment benefits.
    20. Federal courts will stay open (for about ten days, anyway).
    21. As many as 1 million federal employees could be furloughed.
    22. The EPA will effectively shut down.
    23. The Supreme Court will probably stay open (but they’re not saying).
    24. Active-duty troops will keep working, and should receive paychecks through the middle of October.
    25. Air traffic controllers – and the country’s air travel industry – will not be affected.
    26. The IRS will continue to collect taxes but all audits will be suspended.
    27. House and Senate lawmakers will continue to draw paychecks.
    28. Furloughed government employees will not (although they may be granted back pay after the shutdown has ended).
    29. The Bureau of Prisons will stay open, and convicted criminals won’t be released.
    30. Mandatory government payments such as Social Security and veterans’ benefits will be paid. 
    31. The Department of Health and Human Services will linger in a state between full functioning and total shutdown.
    32. The FBI, DEA, and BATFE won’t be affected.
    33. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be severely limited in spotting or investigating disease outbreaks.
    34. The Library of Congress will close.
    35. Federal occupational safety and health inspectors will stop workplace inspections (except in cases of imminent danger).
    36. TSA will continue to protect the nation’s airports and planes.
    37. And last but not least: Taxpayers will get a very big bill.

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