Trump just called for a “good” government shutdown. Here’s what happens if the government shuts down.
- Trump — angry that Democrats came out the winners of the upcoming government funding bills — called for a government shutdown Tuesday.
- Trump’s call for a shutdown is at odds with other members of his administration, including budget director Mick Mulvaney, who told Fox News, “Shutdown is not a desired end.”
- The fact is that government shutdowns have a vast negative impact on millions of Americans.
- When the government is shut down, veterans’ disability claims are not processed, a huge blow to veterans who are already impacted by massive backlogs in claims.
- Federal employees don’t get paid when the government’s lights are out. Essential employees, such as some Justice Department employees like judges and prison guards, must go to work. But they don’t receive their paychecks until the government reopens.
- The most sweeping problem caused by a shutdown is the economic impact. The 2013 shutdown inflicted a $24 billion loss on the U.S. economy. Read more (5/2/17)