What happens in a shutdown?
April 7th, 2011
03:39 PM ET
7 years ago

What happens in a shutdown?

Washington (CNN) - A government shutdown may sound like an abstract idea, but at the end of the day it affects actual places and actual people.

CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins takes a look at what happens if the government shuts down and how it affects different areas of the country.

Filed under: American Sauce • Budget • Government Shutdown
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Here is one thing that could happen if the government shuts down.

    How would I view this shut down if I were a group of terrorists, say as in Iraq?

    Probably as a very good opportunity to strike.
    The GOP finds a another possible way to insure that the GOP's stated agenda for "America to fail" is accomplished!

    April 7, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Pegasus

    Um, excuse me. But where is the rest of the story?

    April 7, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. terry,va

    What should happen in a shutdown is the better question. Dirty Harry and Obummie should be stripped of their office. They had 6 months and super majorities in congress and didn't get a budget.

    April 7, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Shut it down shut it down shut it down and let go fishing. Mr President veto the one week funding bill because if Rep Boehner and the house can pass a one week funding bill congress can pass a budget for America People or Veto, Mr. President Obama Veto

    April 7, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Compassionate Conservatism as being displayed in comments coming from the Right today overwhelms the heart.

    April 7, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Ramey

    The GOP passed a one week extension with $12B in cuts. Obama has threatened veto and I would bet eveything I have that he does not have the guts to do it – he is too weak.

    April 7, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Tony

    Gov shutdown actually costs and creates more damage than if they would come to agreement and a budget. Political leverage at our cost, the people who they are supposed to represent. We are the ones who suffer in a shut down, not the "steak eaters" (politicians).

    April 7, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Canuk eh!

    What the heck is happening? One C$ will get US$1.04. Great for our shopping trips but it's gotta hurt eventually.

    April 7, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Out Right

    I hope this won't happen. Everyday people arn't going to take to much of this BS.

    April 7, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I can't believe I'm going to be forced to defend a country that can't pay me. Just goes to show you that congress don't give a crap about the people who put their lives on the line for them everyday. Some one needs to stop their pay and they would pull their heads out of their butts and actually do some work for the people.

    April 7, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What happens in a shutdown?
    Everybody in government STFU, and calms down?
    Okay, I give up.
    You tell me.

    April 7, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Jae

    Its crazy how the government works . People federal workers have families like everyone else. I dont understand why they dont get payed like congress does. If a shut down happenes they should still get payed.they are making more problems then actually fixing it.

    April 7, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Jean Schurr

    isn't it amazing that of all the cuts that are recommended, our elected officials NEVER EVER suffer a cut to their benefits, their perks or their salaries, AND THEY GET PAID, EVEN when they voluntarily refuse to show up for work, " escaping" their state and avoid showing up for work because they don't want to vote. Let the general public, tax payers, unemployed, senior citizens, disabled, suffer while we the elected officials bask in the media cameras and voice phrases telling the little popel how we genuinely care about them, and oh yes and take OUR checks to the bank – but the little people who elected us can struggle to make their payments and put food on their table. And then at election time we'll tell them how hard we tried for them but none of this was "our fault".

    April 7, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. anpeleeyerkey

    please dont shut down the governent.

    April 7, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. crawford

    Well its about time..there should be no elected job that pays more than minimum wage..if they say we can live off it then it should be the standard..then they get theses benefits for life..not right and the government health care thing..I guess were eskimos buying ice cubes because what is medicare and medicaid for..not to mention all the free money the government hands out to people who have never paid in or could not pass a drug test..about time for the meek to inherit the earth..

    April 7, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Jean Schurr

    Oh may I add that the elected officials pensions ARE NEVER ADVERSELY affeced. They don't need to worry about social security because we tax payers pay for their unbelievable pensions that they continually control. Like their control their salaries and vote themselves pay raises. Their elitist attitude is unforgivable as is their pompous attitude and words. Many are professional politicians and have never worked as the average American has and will never know what it is to live the American life of their constituents. And obviously as demonstrated by their failure to pass a budget, they honestly don't care. They will get paid, collect their enormous pensions, won't need Medicare or Social Security because we too pay for them to continue any health plan they choose for themselves AND their families. Where is the Tea Party on that one, do we hear anyting from anything really caring that the elected officials get everything regardless of how good a job they do, like just passing a budget – heaven forbid it should EVER be on time!

    April 7, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. monique

    some of these people have worked hard all their adult lives and have contributed to medicare,medicaid,ssi,and social security being taken from their paychecks each pay day. this is not a hand out but money they have paid into the system, but now they are one the first ones to be cut and left to fend for themselves no matter the situation. i feel as though the people whom should have a increase in taxes are the ones with money and can afford to pay more, instead of forcing the working middle class to suffer the brunt of these so called furloughs. we all may have the right to vote who will speak for us in the senate and congress last be not least the president, i do not agree with the way they are doing to solve the problem here in the united states. always ready to come to the aide of other countries but not here at home where we really need to fix first. we can not solve others problems if we don't take care of our home first. charity begins at home. just putting it out there. Food for thought.

    April 7, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. 100% ETH

    During the shutdown:-

    The Women spend their times by watching,"THE V-VIEW", while the Men G-GOLFING.

    Is this really, the right time, for those WHITE HOUSE STAFFS, to represent Americans' at this time??? I don't think so!

    If we had these same WHITE HOUSE STAFFS, in the past few Centuries, I believed, we wouldn't have the Great America the one we have now.

    Nowadays,...it is just like the LAZIEST STUDENTS, who hate to attend Classes, wishes the School to be shutdown.

    April 7, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Robert

    So it is ok for politicians to play with the lively hood of our American Soldiers and there families? Maybe it's time to fire the politicians and start fresh. Or better yet stop there outlandish perks and benefits and see how they like it!

    April 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Donnell Welch

    I am horrified to read and hear about the shutdown and the effects it has on the nation. Yes we have to address the lack of frugality in spending, but to cut or defer the payment of our military on deployment over the posh daily pay of congress and essential federal employees is absurd. I live on social security and get for one month what these people make in a day? They complain that they will miss one day of pay without concern for the military deployed in war zones that most certainly do not receive five hundred dollars a day in trade for their lives. congress should not be paid if they shut down. This is not an FMLA situation but rather a time out due to a temper tantrum between the powers that be. It is not a republican versus democrat issue. It is an issue where the people in charge are not effected and are considering their constituents as a whole country at home or abroad. Wake up and pay attention congress. . . Put yourselves in the shoes of every family. Remember that you are supposed to be acting on our behalf: and there are many scenarios in play.

    April 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Courtney

    Thanks for the great explanation.

    April 7, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. R. Leon

    IMHO The solution is not to get caught up in the kaos. Stop listening to the media. There are no answers only paid confusion. You are being controlled by fear. You are American 1st. It is you who should be in control, 1stly of ourselves. The sun will still rise.
    Even when a Govt. does not. And it will be hard on many, myself included. The people on TV don't have the answers. The house of cards must fall, if any true change is to happen. Peaceful thoughts to all.

    April 7, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. they call me "tater salad"

    Hmm..... Let's see.........What happens in a shut down?...............Um, probably the same thing that happens when the Government is in full operation............NOT A DAMNED THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Name

    I can't belive the government made such a poor choice

    April 7, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Dave

    If you can't live within a budget you need to stop spending money. If you run out to soon, so be it, you are done. If Congress cannot put the reigns on the national spending then Congress has failed and should be replaced as failures of being fiscal managers of which they are charged with when they take office. Remember the President only sends a proposed budget to House and the House is the one that approves or disapproves any national budget. Simply put, the old government way of doing business can on longer be acceptable. Imn the past if an office is given $1,000,000 for the year and they had only spent $900,000 and it was December first, a note went out to buy buy buy, because if they had to turn the money back in they would not get as much next year. So they spent all $1,000,000. Frankly, a pisspoor way to do business. A new reward should come out that who ever turns in money at the end of the year, the employees get to share 10% of tha tmoney equally across the office that saved it, the nation gets back 90%, and the tax payers did not have to donate to government waste.
    Today Congress MUST change, become more involved in saving money, stop midnight spending or pork barrel project being hidden in agenda's that are not really needed. The rules for Congressional leaders must change too. Lobbiests need to be restricted away from Capital Hill and Congressional leaders by a minimum of 5 miles to avoid graft and corruption. Full disclosure of Conressional members on a yearly basis of their net values must be made to avoid any illegal gains beyond their salaries. An over sight committee appointed by the judicial branch, and completely independent of Congress, should monitor this. Term limits of no more than two terms for any Congressman, Senator, or President must be enacted and made into law.
    All entitlements should be reviewed on an annual basis or be stopped. Welfare, ADC, and unemployment benefits need to be adjusted to get people off the lists. Each year any benefit needs to be reduced by 25% so that after 4 years there are no more beneifts available for a period of no less than 5 years. Everyone can have a job, IF they really want one. No work, no pay. No pay no eat. Simple. In other words, Washington needs to change the direction they are headed or we will surly collapse from within and fall from the grace of God.

    April 7, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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