By Angel Lizardi |Staff Writer|
The federal government shut down, leaving many federal employees without work until the Republican and Democratic representatives can reach an agreement on a short-term budget.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “More than 800,000 government workers will go without pay.”
According to NPR, departments that would be affected include, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NASA, which would have to furlough 97 percent of its workforce, rendering the Mars Rover Curiosity, unattended, and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) would lose all of its funding as well.
All national parks and monuments had to shut its door to tourists for the first time in 17 years.
Services like the Post Office, The Federal Reserve, all active military personnel will still be on duty, and unemployment will also continue to be disbursed.
The Federal Courts will still remain open.
Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare will still be distributed as well.
Historical monuments, like the Statue of Liberty, and the Library of Congress had to bar its entrances to visitors on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Of course, with these services shutting down, the government will risk losing plenty of money.
According to NBC News, the possible price tag for the amont that may be lost is, “$12.5 million an hour, or $1.6 billion a week.”
This isn’t the first time that the United States has put itself in this position.
Former President Bill Clinton and the Republicans failed to agree on a budget which resulted in a government shutdown that lasted two weeks back in 1996.
The shutdown, which came into effect Oct. 1, is a result of the Republican party wanting to delay the budget to attempt to make changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as “Obamacare.”
Obamacare, which became a law in 2010 drew eerie from the House and two weeks ago passed a law that claimed it will shutdown the government if it did not defund the Affordable Care Act.
“What we’re trying to do is keep the lights on,” said Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY).
The Republican consensus is that the ACA will hurt more middle class citizens than help, therefore they proposed a stopgap bill to prevent any further action on the ACA.
President Obama remained strong on his stance on the ACA and said that the shutdown was “completely preventable” and, “that this shutdown is a result of an ideological crusade to deny affordable healthcare to millions of Americans.”
With both sides adamantly standing behind their beliefs, public perception of how the government has handled the situation was not hard to find.
According to surveys conducted by CNN, ORC, and Quinnipiac University, both political parties are being perceived negatively, with the Republican party receiving much of the criticism.
One of the reasons that the Republicans are being negatively perceived is that people feel like it was a bit of an extreme idea to shutdown the government over the ACA.
Student Julia Mautolinis feels that the media will try to show both sides of the story.
“I feel like they are trying to paint Obama and ACA in a negative light, but the ACA is already a law and the House cannot do anything to change that anymore,” she said.
Apathy is another emotion voiced by students.
Student Mikeal Erwin said, “The public relations is going to look so bad for the republicans, but at the end of the day, the government is going to get funded.”