Five Things Affected by a US Government Shutdown Includes CDC Capacity Substantially Reduced
Five Things Affected by a US Government Shutdown Includes Gun Purchases (Photo credit: Safety Sign)

The Tea Party extremists in the U.S. Congress is holding Americans hostage over Obamacare, which was enacted into law and ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. They are sadly mistaken if they think this will go over easy with the majority of Americans. Never mind the fact that a recent poll found that the GOP would bear the brunt of the blame for a shutdown. The Telegraph is out with a list of 10 things that will be affected by a government shutdown, here are five:

1. Around 700,000 government employees would be placed on mandatory unpaid leave. This will put an enormous strain on the many departments which will severely understaffed, and potentially on the personal finances of the furloughed employees. However, following the 1995-1996 shutdowns, all employees who had been furloughed were paid retroactively.

2. Military employees, including active duty personnel, will not be paid during a shutdown unless Congress takes a separate action to insure that payments are issued. According to Congressman CW Young, who heads the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, “All military personnel will continue to serve and accrue pay but will not actually be paid until appropriations are available.”

3. America’s famed national parks will likely be closed if the government shuts down. Would-be visitors to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone will have to postpone their trips, and those currently camping in national parks will be forced to leave prematurely.

4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would have substantially reduced capacity to investigate the outbreak of diseases. The CDC’s tracking of instances of the flu and other contagious diseases may be interrupted.

5. Buying and selling guns would be made significantly more difficult, as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which processes permit requests, would face significant cutbacks.

Here’s President Obama’s latest tweet:

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 30, 2013