What Is Most Affected by a Government Shutdown?


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Washington Post states that the biggest immediate consequences of a government shutdown are delays or no pay at all for many federal workers, inefficient patient services at health clinics and economic depression.

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There are two types of federal workers: essential and non-essential. The essential workers continue to execute their duty after government shutdown, but they receive their payment after the government reopens. The non-essential workers have to completely abandon their duties and expect no payment at all after the shutdown resolves, states Washington Post. In addition, millions of veterans and disabled citizens may miss their benefits. There is hampering of education for children, small business financing systems and tourism trade. Other health safety and research programs may also close.

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