Government shutdown: How Americans are feeling its growing effects (+video)
Among those taking a hit from the government shutdown, now more than a week old, are private businesses and their employees, homebuyers and charities, even hunters on federal lands.
A partial shutdown of the federal government has now lasted more than a week, with effects that are starting to seep into the lives and bank accounts of ordinary Americans.
Some private sector employers have had to put workers on furlough. Private charities that depend on government assistance are worried about how to keep services going. And in a highly publicized disruption, military families have faced questions over whether traditional death benefits for fallen service members would be available as expected.
On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the full death benefits would still be provided, but only because a public charity (Fisher House Foundation) stepped in with interim financing for benefits that include a $100,000 death gratuity payment.
That isn’t business as usual for the US armed forces, and it’s not business as usual for the US economy.
The Labor Department on Thursday said that filings for unemployment benefits rose during the week that ended Oct. 5. About 15,000 of the new jobless claims stemmed from private sector workers laid off temporarily by the government shutdown.
Many government programs that Americans rely on are continuing as usual, including vital national security functions and the payment of Social Security checks.
Funding for nonessential services ran dry, however, as Congress failed to agree on a funding measure to start the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.
Here’s a look at some of the impacts across the nation so far: