US Government shuts down
Failure to pass a bill to fund the government results in agency closures
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 13:10
Every year, a budget for the federal government is passed for the following fiscal year — Oct.1 to Sept. 30. This year the government failed to come to a consensus on a bill to fund the government and many federal agencies are officially shut down, affecting hundreds of thousands of people.
“So what’s going on now is there is a political deadlock over whether the Affordable Care Act should be funded,” said political science professor Michael Lyons. “The Republicans have never liked the law. The Republicans are trying to block funding for the law by passing a budget that deletes the funding for the Affordable Care Act and the Affordable Care Act only by continuing appropriation for all the other programs.”
Lyons said Republicans are giving Democrats two options — funding nothing at all, or fund every other program but the ACA.
Looming threats may be in the near future for USU students and are already here for some.
The following are five ways students might be affected by the government shutdown.
1. Federal employees may be furloughed
Any non-essential employees working for federal programs were told not to come back to work until further notice.
Sadie Daniel is a cadet in the Army ROTC program and enlisted in the National Guard as a part-time employee. Because she and her colleagues are considered non-essential employees, their work has been cancelled and they’ve been left without pay.
“Drill is when I go down to my base, one weekend a month, two days out of the month,and we get about $200,” Daniel said. “A lot of us depend on that for rent.”
Daniel’s next drill was scheduled for this weekend.
2. The Women, Infant and Children program is shut down