US Government Shut Down 2013

us government shut down 2013

us government shut down 2013

10 ways a government shutdown will affect your daily life

Source: CNN

 (CNN) — Democrats and Republicans were unable to resolve their differences over Obamacare and now the government is shut down.

And at a time when the economy’s finally showing signs of life, that could be troubling.

Shutdowns don’t come cheap. Federal agencies have to use up time, energy and resources to plan for one. Shutting down and then reopening the government also costs money.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the two previous shutdowns — in late 1995 and early 1996 — cost the country $1.4 billion.

But what will the shutdown mean for you? Will your daily life be affected?

(The answer’s yes, so keep reading.)

Here are 10 ways the government shutdown will affect you.

10. Vacation all I ever wanted: Need to get away? Well, you can’t. At least not to national parks. Or to national zoos. Or to national museums. They’ll be closed. That’s 368 National Park Service sites closed, millions of visitors turned away.

Were you thinking more along the lines of a trip to France? If you don’t already have a passport, you might have to bid that adieu — you might not get your blue book in time. The last time the government threw a hissy fit, 200,000 applications for passports went unprocessed. Tourism and airline revenues reeled.

But according to the State Department’s current shutdown plan, offices will remain open because they generate enough in fees to support their operation. Any offices located in a federal building affected by the shutdown, however, may not be able to open.

9. Holiday. Celebrate: Don’t go to work if you’re a federal employee. You’re on furlough. (Offer not valid for workers in “critical services,” such as air traffic controllers, hazardous waste handlers and food inspectors.)

Do take some time to celebrate. In previous shutdowns, everyone who stayed home was paid retroactively after peace returned to Washington.

8. I won’t back down: The men and women in uniform will stay on the job and be paid, according to legislation approved by Congress in the run-up to the shutdown.

Scenarios of the shutdown

7. If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street: You may be thinking, “No functioning government, no need to pay taxes.” Think again. The Man would continue to collect taxes. U.S. bonds would still be issued. And other essential banking functions will go on.

6. Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: You know that whole “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night” thing? Apparently, the U.S. Postal Service works through shutdowns as well. Sorry, you won’t catch a break from the junk mail. But hey, you may already be a winner!

5. I want a new drug: Oh, the irony. The Republicans still want to defund, delay or otherwise chip away at Obamacare in exchange for funding the government. But the health care act at the center of this storm would continue its implementation process during a shutdown. That’s because its funds aren’t dependent on the congressional budget process.

4. Pass the ammunition: Not so fast. A shutdown would affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Translation: That gun permit you wanted processed won’t happen anytime soon if this goes on for a while.

3. Money (that’s what I want): Well, if you own a small business and needed a loan from the government, you’ll have to wait, depending on how long this lasts. If you were planning to buy a house and needed a federal loan, you’ll have to wait. If you’re a veteran, you might have to make a few trips to the mailbox before that check arrives.

If you’re on Social Security, however, don’t worry — probably. Social Security payments were sent during the last shutdown. President Barack Obama’s expected to keep workers on the payroll to process checks. But would there be enough employees to process new benefits for the newly retired?

2. Anything dirty or dingy or dusty: Oscar the Grouch is a company of one. No one loves trash. But if you live in Washington, expect it to pile up if there’s a shutdown. There wouldn’t be anyone to collect your garbage. Washington’s budget has to be approved by Congress. No budget for the city = no trash collection. And, according to The Washington Post, D.C. produces about 500 tons of garbage each week.

1. I’m proud to be an American: Perhaps the biggest hit would be to the collective psyche. America is the largest economy in the world and a beacon for how democracy ought to work. To watch elected lawmakers engage in a high-stakes staring contest with no one willing to blink is no way to do business. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found that 51% would blame Republicans for the shutdown. The United States has operated without a budget since 2009 and has avoided a government shutdown with last-minute deals. It’s been one stomach-turning sequel after another.

Not only did the government run out of money on Tuesday, the nation is set to hit its borrowing limit and potentially default on its debt in mid-October. Together, they serve — in the words of CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta — as a dysfunction double whammy.

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¿En qué afecta el cierre del gobierno de EE.UU. a los ciudadanos y turistas?

Fuente: CNN Español

(CNN) — Como demócratas y los republicanos no se pusieron de acuerdo sobre la forma en que el gobierno de Estados Unidos debe pagar sus cuentas, éste debe cerrar desde este 1 de octubre.

En momentos en que la economía estadounidense finalmente está mostrando señales de vida, eso podría ser problemático.

Los últimos dos cierres (1995 y 1996) costaron al país 1.400 millones de dólares, de acuerdo con el Servicio de Investigación del Congreso.

¿Pero qué significaría el cierre del gobierno? ¿Cómo afectaría la vida diaria de los estadounidenses?

A continuación te mostramos algo de lo que podría ocurrir:

Diversiones cerradas. No podrías visitar parques (unos 368), zoológicos ni museos nacionales. Estarían cerrados.

Y si pensabas ir a Francia (o algún otro sitio) pero aún no tienes pasaporte, el trámite podría retrasarse, aunque el Departamento de Estado ha señalado que sus oficinas seguirán abiertas porque generan suficientes recursos para operar.

La basura. Si vives en Washington DC, espera a que se acumulen los desechos, pues no habría nadie para recoger la basura.

El presupuesto de Washington tiene que ser aprobado por el Congreso. No hay presupuesto para la ciudad = no hay recolección de basura.

Y, de acuerdo con The Washington Post, DC produce alrededor de 500 toneladas de basura cada semana.

El trabajo federal. No trabajarás si eres un empleado federal de Estados Unidos (a menos de que formes parte de “servicios esenciales”, como el de controlador de tráfico aéreo, o inspector de alimentos).

En cierres del gobierno previo, todos los que se quedaron en casa recibieron un pago retroactivo cuando regresó la paz a Washington.

El correo. El Servicio Postal de Estados Unidos sigue trabajando cuando ocurre un cierre, así que puedes esperar más correo basura.

Armas. Un cierre afectaría a la Oficina de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas de Fuego y Explosivos. Traducción: se retrasaría la entrega de permisos para obtener y portar armas.

Dinero. Si eres dueño de un pequeño negocio y necesitas un préstamo del gobierno, tendrías que esperar.

Si estabas pensando en comprar una casa y necesitas un préstamo federal, tendrías que esperar.

Los veteranos tendrán que revisar su buzón varias veces antes de que llegue el cheque.

Quienes están en la Seguridad Social, no se preocupen. Los pagos del Seguro Social fueron enviados durante el último cierre.

Impuestos. Si ocurre el cierre, tal vez puedas pensar: “Si el gobierno  (de EU) no está operando, no hay necesidad de pagar impuestos”. Pero piénsalo bien. Se seguirán cobrando impuestos. Se seguirían emitiendo bonos estadounidenses. Y otras funciones bancarias esenciales continuarían.

La defensa. La buena noticia (para ti) es que los hombres y mujeres uniformados seguirán manteniendo al país seguro. Las malas noticias (para ellos) es que recibirán su pago cuando termine el cierre.

La ironía. Los republicanos quieren dejar sin fondos al Obamacare para financiar al gobierno. Pero la ley de sanidad en el centro de esta tormenta seguiría implementándose durante el cierre. Eso es porque sus fondos no dependen del proceso del presupuesto en el Congreso.

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