Nevada, How The Government Shutdown Will Affect You

Published On October 1, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Community

Many of you woke up to the news that Congress had failed to come up with an agreement on a short-term funding bill which means the government is partially shutdown. What was the problem? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare as many have dubbed it, was the reason why Republicans and Democrats could not find a resolution. Republicans still want Obamacare defunded or at least delayed a year while Democrats consider the issue dead as even the U.S. Supreme court upheld its legality. Although PPACA is funded under a different budget, Republicans used the short-term funding bill as a “bargaining chip” if you will, in order to undermine Obamacare. Democrats refused to relent to these demands and no compromises were made. Now, some Federal agencies are closed and over 800,000 government workers are out of a job, according to CNN. But what does this mean for Nevada?

Nevada Closures

All National Park Services will be closed; this includes Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and Great Basin National Park. Hoover Dam will remain open since their funding comes from other sources. Unfortunately, this will have some effect on Boulder City as they will have less traffic coming through there due to the closure at Lake Mead. The employees of Nevada’s Bureau of Land Management will also be sent home without paychecks.

Services That Will Stop, Be Delayed or Will Continue

New applications for small business federal loans and federal loan guarantees will not be processed.

Passport applications will be delayed so if you’re planning to get one, I hope you don’t need it anytime soon.

Social security and mail delivery will continue. Active military, federal prison guards and air traffic controllers will still have paid jobs (thank goodness).

For More Information on the Government Shutdown

Go to http://www.usa.gov/shutdown.shtml for more detailed information on what to expect from the shutdown.

How is the government shutdown affecting you? Share with us! We’d love to hear from you.

 

 

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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