The government shutdown has had widespread impact – from furloughed federal employees to closed national parks. Read comments from people around the nation on their experiences with the shutdown. Read the latest coverage.
Where the effects of the shutdown are felt in the U.S.
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Spouse is furloughed federal employee, I work for a company with numerous federal contracts, some fortunately still running under the shutdown. We're okay for now, but how long will it continue and will we have to eat into our savings and retirement accounts with very little time left to recoup?
As an excepted employee, I am working for free.
I'm a federal 'non-essential' employee. So I'm home with no pay. Can't do anything but watch TV - no money. Wondering if I'll have to pay back my unemployment and SNAP when I get all my back pay.
I am a federal employee with a security clearance and a Masters degree. I 've been furloughed since Oct 2. I am supporting a family of 5 on one salary. I filed for unemployment yesterday.
I make use of federal resources pretty much every day,for example, some of the NIST scientific databases. Having the National Science Foundation closed is also problematic.
I've already lost $3000 in takehome pay this year because of the sequester. My mid month paycheck was $1000 less. My agency evidently furloughed the people that send the travel reimbursements. This is stupid.
I'm the breadwinner in my family. My spouse is the stay-at-home parent to our three kids. I cringe when others tell me via social media that I should "enjoy this vacation" since I'm supposed to be getting backpay when I eventually return to work. But when is eventually? The bills don't stop.
I own and operate a dogwalking company in the DC area. Over half of our clients are federal employees many of whom are furloughed. If they don't work, they don't require our services. It is definitely impacting our business on a daily and long term basis.
I'm a federal contractor and breadwinner for my family. I've been told I cannot report to work and being forced to take unpaid leave until the shutdown is over. No retro-pay for me either.
I am an FAA employee who is still working. But my paycheck today was 60% of normal. And I don't know when I'll get paid next. I'm also limited in what I can accomplish because so many of my colleagues are on furlough. I'm feeling more job stress than I've felt in many years.
In Philadelphia, my toddler, my wife and I are frequent the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at TInicum -- beautiful open trails and water that are a haven for geese, egrets, heron, ducks and a host of other birds. It may seem a small thing, but for thousands Philadelphians, it's a daily escape.
I'm a single mother and work for the federal government. I had some $ put away in savings but the bills don't stop. I don't know what to do. I am trying to apply for unemployment, but my personnel forms are at the office and our agency didn't disclose its FIC. I don't want to work for govt. anymore
I work for DoD. Although we are (mostly) back at work, there are still daily impacts - things that have been cancelled or postponed, things that are undecided. There is still too much uncertainty in our every day work life.
My FFRDC employer received a stop work order and without a CR they can not pay us at risk. I am on the sideline, involuntarily burning through sick time and if runs into next week then I will run out and go on unpaid leave. This shutdown is unlike the mid-90's shutdown in that there is no CR.
As an army reservist, our schedule for training has been put in limbo based on the shutdown. Already has affected plans for the month negatively.
Spouse is one of the few working at CDC, and we wonder if we can count on end of month pay, and if not, how long we'll have to wait for it.
A large percentage of the real estate sales in my area are USDA or VA. As a realtor, the shutdown has almost shut down the market here!
I am an NIH employee. I am an exempted worker, which means that I come to work, but my salary is on hold until the NIH will be re-financed. But my bills do not wait for the Government.