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At midnight Monday, parts of many federal agencies shut down after Congress failed to pass a bill to continue funding the government. The government last shut down in 1995. Read the latest updates.

How does the government shutdown affect you?

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I'm not getting paid, but that doesn't mean I can stop paying the bills. That's hard, and will only get harder as this goes on. Am I special? No. Public and private sector employees alike, nobody should be subjected to that through no fault of their own.

October 2

So far, no actual personal impact. Reduced activity associated with the lack of funding of of science, medicine and the arts is a concern. Government websites like nist.gov being down is a small annoyance.

October 2

Two fed family in Oregon. We can weather this for a while, but the uncertainty of how long this might go on is stressful. We're fortunate to have a savings cushion; I can't say the same for some of my younger coworkers or the single parents in my office. Pass a clean CR and send us back to work.

October 2

One aspect that isn't being covered is the impact the government shut down is having on the Federal contracting community. We're a small business that provides training to Feds and maintaining positive cash flow will become a big issue very quickly.

October 2

I'm considered excepted since I am a powerplant operator. Therefore, I must work not knowing when I will receive compensation for my work. Also I am 6 mos. pregnant and worried abt taking leave when my baby is due to be born since leave is not going to be granted until this is resolved.

October 2

I own a small mom&pop restaurant in Gatlinburg TN, the entrance to The Great Smokey Mtns. National Park. Without our visitors, my family has no income and will lose everything. Shame on you all.

October 2

I am a federal worker and my wife and I closed on a house a few weeks before the shutdown, when nobody thought a shutdown would happen. Now, we are re-listing it just days after we moved in. My wife is heartbroken and I feel completely helpless. I thought a federal job was supposed to be safe.

October 2

My wife and I are both federal workers but we are both thankful not to be affected by the shutdown.

October 2

I own a semi truck and have to fill out a tax form with the IRS and can not drive my truck and support my family until they open and do my paperwork so I can get my new licence plate for my semi.

October 2

I am extremely worried about paying my bills with no paycheck coming in. Unlike Congress, I have no choice but to pay my bills. I am now faced with paying for my debts, or eating. For the 1st time, I feel I am letting my wife down. I promised to take care of her, and now I can't do that.

October 2

Furloughed, sitting at home trying to concentrate on reading, but instead trolling news to see if anything is happening. Nothing is....I teach for the govt, worried about my students and how this will mess up their year. Republicans without a program or any ideas, caused this mess.

October 2

Sixteen of us are waiting at Lees Ferry to raft the Grand Canyon. We have spent $$ time effort and tears to get this trip together. Please open the road so we can go on our highly planned 20 day raft trip down the Grand Canyon.

October 2

Impacting me financially and also was going to Grand Canyon with a huge group of International Students. They must think American government is really stupid and childish! That is what I think!

October 2

I get no sleep at night wondering how will I pay my mortgage and other bills without a paycheck...

October 2

As a federal contractor I will be greatly affected. I will not get paid for the time between Oct 1 and when we eventually get to go back to work. If this lasts longer than 7 days it will be an extreme hardship on my family as I will no longer have an more vacation pay to "fill" the no-pay gap.

October 2

My parents planned a vacation to travel across the country to see national parks here where I live. I bought an annual pass to the parks, and now they'll be closed while they visit. I know it's not jeopardizing anything critical, but it is frustrating.

October 2

My office is still working as we aren't directly funded by Congress. But most of the people we work with are out. Wasted the day putting contracts on hold that we we have to restart and researching what work we can legally do. It's an idiotic way to run any organization much less a country.

October 2

I am current fed, off and loving it. My wife and I control our spending, so unless this last a several years it will have little or no impact. If you cannot withstand a few weeks, if not months, of not getting paid you should seriously re-evaluate your spending habits.

October 2
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