Question and Answers About Government Shutdown
You won’t hear a huge sucking sound on Monday, but that’s what you need to imagine - when you don’t pay the military and other government workers huge amounts of money are sucked out of the economy. That’s money that won’t be circulating that won’t be working for me or you. Who profits? Those hedge fund meisters and gold bugs who fund the far right.
If Democrats and Republicans don’t reach a spending deal by midnight Monday, a partial government shutdown will take effect.
The 2013 fiscal year ends at midnight Monday. Many federal programs and activities will stop beginning Tuesday and won’t restart until a new deal is in place.
Here’s a guide to understanding how Congress got to this stage and how a shutdown would affect you.
Question: Will the entire government come to a standstill if a deal isn’t reached?
Answer: No. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other “entitlement” programs that are funded automatically will escape the worst effects. But government agencies that rely on yearly congressional appropriations will be hit a lot harder. That includes giant agencies such as the Pentagon and smaller ones such as the National Park Service.
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Federal agencies have prepared plans to continue programs they deem critical to maintaining public safety and protecting property despite the shutdown. Employees who perform those critical functions will continue to work and get paid.
For instance, air traffic controllers and firefighters contracted by the National Forest Service would continue to work, but park rangers and researchers who conduct clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health would be furloughed.