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Here are all the ways the partial government shutdown is impacting the lives of average Americans

Here are all the ways the partial government shutdown is impacting the lives of average Americans


  • A partial shutdown of the federal government on December 21 complicated things for several select government agencies and services.
  • Though all essential government services remain open, Americans may feel the shutdown’s effects while trying to use the services of various agencies, including national parks and museums.
  • See the ways the shutdown is affecting average Americans.

After lawmakers came to a gridlock over a spending deal, the federal government entered a partial shutdown on December 21.

The shutdown does not affect the entire federal government but does impact a slew of agencies, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, the Interior, State, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.

See the shutdown’s effects on everyday Americans:

Many national parks have closed campgrounds to visitors to prevent facilities including trash sites and toilets from overflowing.

A sign is posted on a gate blocking a parking lot to Land’s End in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

Jeff Chiu/AP

The National Zoo, in addition to the 17 museums run by the Smithsonian closed their doors several days into the shutdown after running out of emergency funding.

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Source: Reuters

The shutdown has also affected the Washington DC courts, which are funded by the federal government. They have closed the Marriage Bureau, stopped bar admissions, shut down the judicial library, and stopped providing child-care for employees.

The federal courthouse in Washington DC.


Source: The Washington Post

These closures mean couples looking to obtain marriage licenses or get married during the shutdown are out of luck for now, while DC Mayor Muriel Bowser pushes emergency legislation to secure temporary authority over the licenses.

A sign declares the National Archive is closed due to a partial federal government shutdown in Washington, U.S., December 22, 2018.

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Source: WUSA9

The approximately 40 million people who receive food stamps will only be able to get the benefit through January if the shutdown continues. Other aid programs geared towards child nutrition, including school lunch and breakfast programs, will also continue operating into February.

Seth Wenig/AP

Benefits including Social Security, disability checks, and Medicare are unaffected by the shutdown.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Around 800,000 Americans who are employed by the government are currently furloughed or working without pay until the shutdown ends.

Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Employees with the Transportation Security Administration were deemed essential and are currently being forced to work without pay. A CNN report said “hundreds” of TSA officers were calling out of the unpaid work, potentially compromising airport security and increasing wait times.

TSA workers work at O’Hare International Airport on Christmas day in Chicago, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018.

Nam Y. Huh/AP

Source: CNN

Tens of thousands of employees working without pay are in law enforcement departments including the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and the Secret Service.

A US Customs and Border Protection officer watches over travelers at Los Angeles International Airport.

David McNew/Getty Images

With no end in sight, further effects from the shutdown are unclear as lawmakers tangle with President Donald Trump over a deal.

The U.S. Capitol Dome is seen beyond American Flags around the the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, early Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018.

Associated Press/Carolyn Kaster


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