Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life
With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did.
All those who advise and consent will keep getting paid if there's a shutdown, but a whole bunch of government employees won't.
A government shutdown hasn't happened since way back in 1995 (or in 2003 if you're at all inclined to count The West Wing as "real"). Most of the services you're used to will still basically work (mail still gets delivered, military keeps on doing military things and the people in airports won't just walk off the job), but there are a few things government won't be doing until Congress figures out how to get out of this death grip and get the show funded again.
1. So you want to buy a gun.
You've always wanted a bang-bang. In fact, you've saved up all your pennies for the last five years and you've already got your gun-totin' outfit all picked out. You're gonna go get yourself that gun permit bright and early tomorrow? Think again. The shutdown impacts the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives so, to translate, long as the shutdown lasts, you're dream gun will have to wait, CNN reports.