(Closed) The US Government has officially shut down

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Post # 228
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@adoc86:  Hahahaha, I work closer to DC – not directly in it, but right on the border. On the days I’m not in school it takes me roughly an hr and 20-30 minutes to get to work (but we are only allowed to work between 7 am and 5 pm. By the time I get off at 3:30, the Beltway is a hot mess *grumble*). BUT it takes an hr and 20 minutes to get to campus too, and I don’t even live that far away. It’s just that my only options are 95 or 295 and at 8 in the morning, I am basically boned, lol.

We have thought about moving to PA/WV to get away from the ludicrous taxes (you heard about our new tax on the rain, right? Thanks, O’Malleyyyy!) but Fiance is spoiled and doesn’t like to drive. I’d be thrilled if we could do that and work at APG or something further north. But alas. I’ll be lucky to even get a job after I graduate in May. I’ve been networking and searching within my agency and all I’ve been hearing is “Sorry, sequestration” and now this. /RAGE!

Post # 229
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am considered an “essential” employee and my whole office is required to be at work during the shutdown. However, workers in my agency are not being paid during this time. We are hopeful that we will be paid once this is over, but it’s not a guarantee. 

Hopefully the shutdown doesn’t last too long…

I think the one 17 years ago was something like 21 days long, and all employees, furloughed or not, got paid afterwards. 

Post # 230
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@xoxolaura:  I heard on the news today that that is correct, that in 1995/1996 Congress voted to retroactively pay those affected.  Today’s Congress?  We’ll see…

Post # 231
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@icanhearyousmile:  No, I have not heard about any rain taxes (wtf?), but O’Malley is a clown so I’m not really surprised.

My agency has not really been affected by the sequestration at all and we are completely exempt from furloughs. I work for the Federal Investigative Services Division of OPM and we operate on an appropriated revolving fund. We are still getting paid as usual, still have overtime and are still hiring. I don’t know what you’re studying or intending to do career wise, but if you have trouble finding something we are constantly hiring and telework is awwwwesome 😉

 

Post # 232
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@peachacid:  Todays Congress probably couldn’t agree on whether the Sky is blue

Post # 234
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1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@adoc86:  I would give my left boob to telework. I presently work with PII hard copy paperwork and thus can’t bring anything home with me. Could I PM you with more details? Because I’ve reached out to my friends at NGIA, NASA, Raytheon, Sotera, Lockheed and BAE and *nobody* is hiring. It’s so frustrating!!

ETA: It’s not so much a tax on the rain as it is a tax on nonporous surfaces on your property. So if you have a paved driveway you’ll get taxed on the entire surface area of your driveway/sidewalk, etc. It’s ridiculous, lol.

Post # 236
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@TwoCityBride:  @MrsEdamame:  Actually, the sad part about this shutdown is a majority in the senate will (and already has) voted for the clean CR.  A majority in the house will also vote for a clean CR to re-open all of government.  So basically, we have a majority in both houses–agreeement–to re-open.  Speaker Boehner will not bring the no-strings CR to a vote.

If only the Speaker and about 30-ish members of Congress could be deemed “non-essential” as opposed to the over 800,000 they just put out of work, the government would be open and operating. {{sigh}}

Post # 237
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Glad my husband’s not in the military anymore…

Post # 238
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3370 posts
Sugar bee

@Scc6a: 

“I cannot believe that republicans are holding our entire government hostage over a law that not only passed but was also upheld by the Supreme Court, and then they have the gall to blame democrats for not signing the BS budget they’re manipulating to defund the law that has already been through its due process. No. Thats not how it works. Governing – you’re doing it wrong. And then people are actually BELIEVING the lies they’re spinning to blame the democrats. That’s just depressing.” +1,000,000

Post # 239
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Sugar bee

@icanhearyousmile:  *sigh* 95. What a little jerk of a road. I once spent 7 hours on I-95. Not in D.C. though. Nope, 7 hours just trying to get from NYC to Philly. 95 was paved by the devil. I feel your pain.

Post # 240
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Scc6a:  

I cannot believe that republicans are holding our entire government hostage over  a law that not only passed but was also upheld by the Supreme Court, and then  they have the gall to blame democrats for not signing the BS budget they’re  manipulating to defund the law that has already been through its due process.  No. Thats not how it works. Governing – you’re doing it wrong. And then people  are actually BELIEVING the lies they’re spinning to blame the democrats. That’s  just depressing. 

Completely agree!

Post # 241
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13770 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The news today seems to be reporting that the shutdown is going to last through the debt ceiling debates….  This is insane.  Weeks of a shutdown?  Do they not get how bad this is for anyone who relies on the federal government for their livelihoods? 

Post # 242
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@abbie017:  have you applied for unemployment? That would have been my first move if I were furloughed.

The entire situation is absurd though 🙁

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