(Closed) Government Shutdown? (US)

posted 10 years ago in Legal
Post # 32
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our day to day life won’t be affected in any way but I really feel for those that are. The only thing affecting us is getting our passports for our Honeymoon. We won’t be leaving for our Honeymoon for more than 6 months so I’m sure this will be done and over with long before then. I just hope that we’ll be able to get our applications approved in time since I’m sure there will be an influx of people trying to get theirs too.

The whole situation is just shitty. It baffles me that the US is pouring money into other countries yet there’s a very good chance our own government could shut down and leave millions of people without pay. How in the hell does that make any god-damn sense?

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was really worried about losing my income because the fellowship program I’m in right now is federally funded, but I just got an email yesterday that said we would not be affected. I really feel for everyone who is though 🙁

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My fiance and I will be directly affected by the shutdown. He is active duty in the Navy, and our wedding is on May 14th.  This means that we only have two “potential” paychecks between now and when we will start our trip home to get married (he is stationed near Seattle, WA, and our wedding is in Indiana where both of our families live…we had planned on starting our drive home on May 6th).  We had decided a few months ago that we’d be driving cross country instead of flying, as airline tickets and car rental back in Indiana were out of our budget.  We have saved up enough money to pay for gas and hotels on the drive there and back, but if this shutdown happens we will need ALL of our savings just to pay our rent.  We are dual income…but my full-time job isn’t enough on its own to pay all of our bills (I work at a local newspaper).  I wish we had more in our savings, but over the past year we’ve been struggling to make ends meet while paying for the photographer, the dress, the reception, the chaplain…all that fun and not-so-cheap stuff that goes into having a wedding.  At this point, the promise of the military receiving back pay in the future does nothing to ease the burden.  If we don’t have the pay as scheduled, we don’t have the funds to get home for our wedding.

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

This whole thing makes me ill. I’m so fed up with both parties right now and I feel for all of you who may be affected. It’s disgusting.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m a USAF civ and just got out of a meeting to hear about what we’ll do if we get furloughed. Basically, we’ll come in Monday for 4 hours to “shut down” and then be on unpaid leave ’til it’s over. Same thing happened in ’95 when it was shut down for like 3 days. it was political suicide then and it will be again this time if congress doesn’t get their shit together.

Post # 37
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Me and my fiances both work for the government but from the looks of it our agency will still be reporting to work on monday. thank god

Post # 38
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6350 posts
Bee Keeper

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@teresa_peter25: i’m so sorry to hear this 🙁 Hopefully it all works out.

Post # 39
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3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I knew this was going to happen. And I think it sucks because it’s effecting people… not myself or anyone I know, but it is effecting people. Does anyone remember when this happened last? I think it was inthe 70s. It’s definitely happened before.

Post # 40
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Bumble Beekeeper

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@kperry3: 1995. Only for a few days, and eventually everyone got back pay for their missed time.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m sorry that you may be directly affected by everything, I hope it works out :-/

I have a big military family and my youngest cousin just started her military career, so this will affect them all directly. I have an uncle who is on active duty in the Navy (currently overseas, undisclosed location) and he is the sole provider for my aunt and two cousins, who are both in college (my aunt is a teacher, but got laid off in the poor economy). I’m curious to see how this will affect everyone.

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I work for the government and nobody in my office is considered an essential or “excepted” employee, so we would all be forced to take leave without pay in the event of a shutdown.  I’m getting married in a month–I can’t afford any cuts in my paycheck in the next 4 weeks!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My SO is the Army National Guard and this was his weekend to report to his unit.  He left last night and I got a text message today from him saying he is coming home because of the government shutdown.  Great for me, cause I get to have him home all weekend, but he has to take off work from his full time job (he is a police officer) to go to drill, so not great on that end.  Also since they didn’t really do anything at guard, I’m not sure if he will be paid.

Post # 44
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Honey bee

My DH is a governmental contractor, but has been told his job will not be furloughed.

It just pisses me off so much that the budget is being stopped up on a RIDER that has nothing to do with the numbers!

Post # 45
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407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@Pomapoo: I am in the exact same boat as you! Just told I would be furloughed too, if nothing is decided tonight. So we are to report on Monday just to sign the paperwork and get info on how to claim unemployment.

Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This hurt my parents the last time it happened, and it will really hurt this time. They have struggled to get back on their feet after leaving a ‘money pit’ of a house, and are renting now. My dad works at the VA and was told he’ll still have to report for duty but he might not have a paycheck until the shutdown is over. He still gets paid, but that money just kind of sits there, and will go to him once it’s over. But still, what do you tell your landlord, “Oh sorry, I didn’t get paid my retirement or my regular pay becaue our government failed to come to an agreement.” uh yeah, they may understand but they have a mortage to make too, so they’ll probably give them a deadline or tell them to pack up and leave.

I read posts from military personal on facebook who are very upset about this. For a lot of them this is the first time they may experience it, and I can understand why it’s so scary. I remember my mom and dad worrying over it so much. It is scary.

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