(Closed) Government Shutdown? (US)

posted 10 years ago in Legal
Post # 62
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My brother is in the Army and this is affecting them big time. Him and his wife JUST got married like 2 weeks ago so they aren’t living on base yet (because when you are unmarried you cannot live on base together.). To boot, she is pregnant. So because they are newlyweds, the Army has informed them that if this gov’t shutdown happens they are halting all paper processing. They will be stuck off base AND she will have to wait to get on insurance which she needs for prenatal care. He will also be getting half-pay. I doubt the grocery store or his landlord are really going to care if the government isn’t paying their obligations to my brother who has served his country well. Someone needs to take these politicians over their knees and give them a spanking. They need to COMPROMISE, which apparantely no one wants to do right now. So sad.

Post # 63
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133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I will probably not be directly affected by this, although our tax refund may come in later than it would have otherwise.

What really pisses me off is that the people in congress will still get paid, but the troops won’t. I just think that is seriously f-ed up.

Also, they are arguing over less than 1% of the budget. That is correct, less than 1%. I’m not kidding. I guess the thing is that the republicans want more cuts if they have to get rid of the riders which is why the democrats can say it is the planned parenthood holding things up, and the republicans can say that it is the money. But seriously, even if it is the money issue holding things up, it is less than 1% of the budget. Just wrong.

Post # 64
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661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Fiance is a gov’t contractor and will be furloughed if they don’t decide something tonight.  I’m not sure how it’ll affect us at this point because his contracting company might put him in another position temporarily.  Plus we are going on vacation for a few days anyway.   

Post # 65
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Fiance is DOD civilian and will be furloughed.  I am currently unemployed so this could have major impact on us.  It is SO FRUSTRATING to have to just sit back and wait for Washington to come to a decision!

 

It’s all very, very concerning to me.  Not just for Fiance and myself but for our nation as a whole.

Post # 66
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

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@SoonToBeeMrsD: 🙁  that’s awful….  Tell them to look at USAA… it’s a military bank and they have offered help to active duty members affected.  Also tell them to talk to their local commanders.  A lot of the FRGs (Family Readiness Group) are getting resources together to help military families get through this.

Post # 67
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

This won’t be affecting me directly, but I am so upset that our country has come to this point. Pety politics are getting in the way of REAL people with REAL problems. And we can afford to get involved with Libya, and yet our own government is about to shut down? And of course, everyone is supposed to work for free EXCEPT the morons causing the issues? I’m livid. Priorities, people!

The government is failing us, and it’s NOT acceptable. I am so sorry for all of you who are dealing with this directly. You are in all of my thoughts, and I really hope that the members of congress can grow up and put your livelihoods ahead of their stubbornness.

Post # 68
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Sorry if I sound dense, but I haven’t heard much of this at all. I guess that’s what I get for not paying attention to anything other than the weather.

Can anyone explain exactly what’s going on?

Post # 69
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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@SouthernGirl:

Every year Congress has to approve a budget for the Federal government.  Basically, they decide how much we’re going to spend and where.  If they can’t come to an agreement by the time the existing budget expires, the government shuts down until a new budget is approved.  During a shutdown, federal agencies cease operations and non-essential staff are furloughed at reduced pay.  This includes members of the military.

At the moment, the two parties can’t even come to a consensus over the source of their disagreement.  Republicans say Democrats aren’t serious about cutting spending, and Democrats say that Republicans won’t pass a budget that doesn’t eliminate their least favorite programs.  They have until midnight tonight to come up with a compromise.

Post # 70
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@teaadntoast: Oh wow. Thanks for explaining.

Hopefully they will work the situation out for the sake of all those who will be affected by it should they shut down.

Post # 71
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429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got my notice that I’m a non-exempt employee and I’ll be notified by my supervisor over the weekend about Monday. As it stands we were told we don’t have to go in.

Kinda regretting that photographer deposit check now…..maybe I should just forward a CNN article to my mortgage company…??

Post # 72
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

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@teaadntoast: Very nice.  You should go write newspapers. 🙂

Post # 73
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

ughhh on top of everything else, we’ve been informed that hospitals may shut down for non-emergent/non-essential care. I’m 19 weeks pregnant. I have an appointment on Tuesday. give me a freakin break! Aren’t deployment and pregnancy enough to worry about!?!?!?! aghhhh! this is so ridiculous!

(p.s. thanks for letting me get that mini-vent out!)

Post # 74
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Helper bee

I’m directly affected by this – I work for the Department of the Treasury, and was notified today that I was being treated as furloughed once my tour of duty ended today, and had to leave my laptop and cell phone in the office. It’s completely ridiculous that the elected members of Congress haven’t been able to work out a budget over the past 6 months, and now many agencies are going to be forced to deal with large budget cuts crammed into the last 6 months of the fiscal year.  

Post # 75
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This may impact DH and I a little bit. Our tax return will probably come late. And we’re getting an FHA loan for our house so if we find one in the next few weeks (which is the plan) we may not be able to get a loan.

But all that pales in comparison to what others are facing. I think its embarrassing that Obama and Congress will still get paid but our troops may not. What a sad and embarrassing day for America and it’s people. I can’t imagine what some people are dealing with and I think it’s ridiculous that Congress cannot come to an agreement.

Post # 76
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

CNN.com is saying they may extend the deadline by a week.

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