The last time the federal government shut down was in 1995, but Congress has only two days to pass a budget plan since the fiscal year ends on Tuesday. So what will happen if the government shuts down?
- Rush-hour traffic in the Washington metro area will practically disappear starting Tuesday, since 800,000 federal employees will be out of work.
- Smithsonian museums would be closed to the public. Only important people like essential maintenance workers and the zookeepers at the National Zoo will be allowed on the premises.
- All of the US National Parks would be closed because the Parks Service won’t be able to pay the rangers.
- You won’t be able to get a visa or a passport.
- Calls to the IRS, and other federal agencies will go unanswered.
- Social Security checks would stop coming and new applications would sit unprocessed.
- Soldiers would be required to report for duty, even though the government can’t pay them.
A government shutdown would also place the US economy in danger. Mark Zandi, former economic advisor for John McCain has said that a default would cause another severe recession.
In an interview with FOX Connecticut, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal vowed to do everything he could to keep the government open.