Shutdown continues, day 21.
As we all know, the government has been partially shut down since Dec. 22nd, but this story is not about trump and his wall, but let’s talk about how this shutdown is affecting lives around the country. Approximately 800,000 federal workers
have been furloughed or are being required to work without pay across these government agencies: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and the Treasury. While the Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs, have received Congress funding, so those departments and agencies are not affected. More interesting to note is that a huge impact of this shutdown will affect more black Americans which makes up more than 18% of the federal workforce
, according to a study by the Partnership for Public Service.
Travel safety workers like TSA, air controllers, are either furloughed or working unpaid, but are still required to help maintain the safety and flow of flying travelers like you and me. The FDA agency has suspended all routine inspections of food processing facilities in the U.S., which could potentially affect or delay the processing of food across the country. SNAP benefits (food stamps) will only be covered through February as Congress has not approved funds beyond the January 20th, when SNAP funds are set to expire. “About 1 in 10 Americans relies at least partly on SNAP benefits to buy food.” Even though the government will still be required to provide bay pay for federal workers once the shutdown ends, people still have to pay their rents/mortgage, credit bills, student loans which can affect their living situations and even hurting their credit standings for late payments. So thousands of fed workers have moved over to crowdfunding to raise funds for things such as rent and other family needs, launching over 1000 Gofundme campaigns and counting
Dude, where’s my beer?
The shutdown has also put a hold on beer operations for most beer makers, because many activities of the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, plays a key role in overseeing alcoholic beverages and approves new beer labels and formulas. “Across the craft beer industry, we are talking about tens of millions of dollars of sales that are being lost because brewers can’t get products to market.“ This impacts the production of beer that we all know American hipsters and college frat bros needs to function.