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Response to jwirr (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:18 PM

12. Social Security would still go out -- but new applicants would not be processed

There are summaries of likely effects at these links:

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/federalbudgetprocess/a/Government-Shutdowns.htm

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/02/18/133868759/if-government-shutdown-happens-prepare-for-collateral-damage

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/02/what-would-a-government-shutdown-look-like.html

The most obvious impacts on the ordinary citizen would be on applications for new services, processing of income tax refunds, and possibly applications for passports and visas. National parks and monuments would be closed, and certain services to veterans would be curtailed.

The second of those links also notes that in 1995, "the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ceased disease surveillance; hotline calls to NIH concerning diseases were not answered; and toxic waste clean-up work at 609 sites reportedly stopped and resulted in 2,400 Superfund workers being sent home. ... Delays occurred in the processing of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives applications by the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, and Firearms; work on more than 3,500 bankruptcy cases reportedly was suspended; cancellation of the recruitment and testing of federal law enforcement officials reportedly occurred, including the hiring of 400 border patrol agents; and delinquent child-support cases were delayed."

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