A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows just how the American people are responding to the Republican Government Shutdown:
Disapproval of congressional Republicans’ budget wrangling after a weeklong shutdown has shot up to 70 percent, with 51 percent disapproving “strongly,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
It’s time for Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to end this shutdown.
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Farmers feel shutdown’s effects
John Gilbert’s 770-acre livestock farm in Hardin County falls within the congressional district of Rep. Steve King. That’s not something Gilbert is happy about.
Gilbert, 64, holds tea party Republicans such as King responsible for the federal government shutdown, which has suspended many U.S. Department of Agriculture programs that he and other farmers rely on.
“I’ve been farming for enough years that I realized long ago that the most valuable thing I have is my signature,” said Gilbert who runs the Iowa Falls farm with his brother.
Gilbert compared the huge federal budget to the contracts he signs as a business owner.
“We’re agreeing to pay for what we wanted. We’re not reneging down the line. Some of the more extreme tea party members, those are the folks who don’t understand when you make a commitment.”
Lake County News: Lake Family Resource Center feels impact of federal government shutdown
Lake Family Resource Center Executive Director Gloria Flaherty said the nonprofit was advised that payment systems for its Child Abuse Treatment Program, Domestic Violence Program and Rape Crisis Center would be suspended effective on Friday.
“Due to federal and state budget cuts and cuts due to the sequester, Lake Family Resource Center no longer has the capacity to maintain programs during this government shutdown,” said Flaherty.
She added, “It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the partisan politics that created this shutdown, but I will say that in my opinion, creating a situation where services for abused children and rape victims are compromised is the height of irresponsibility.”
Massive staff layoffs are having a big impact at the local United States Attorney’s office.
Big layoffs Tuesday, as part of the shutdown, came on top of sequestration cuts.
An office once budgeted for a staff of 180 now has about 93 people working.
Washington Post: Five ways the government shutdown is slowing down small businesses
Small business owners and entrepreneurs from around the country have started to feel the ripple effects of the closure — some left waiting for contract updates, some left waiting for loans, and some left waiting to see whether customers are going to keep walking through their doors.
Moody’s Investors Service said on Monday the credit outlook for local governments in Maryland and Virginia close to Washington, D.C., is negative due to the federal furlough of some employees during the current budget shutdown.
Washington Post: NTSB can’t investigate Metro accident scene
An accident early Sunday morning in a Metro tunnel near Union Station killed one man and seriously injured two other workers.
Metro is investigating the accident and notified the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal agency that determines causes of accidents and issues safety recommendations. But the NTSB said in a statement posted online Sunday that it would not be sending investigators to the scene because of staff furloughs.
Montana travel and tourism-based businesses are feeling the effects including Fort Smith as the partial government shutdown continues.
National park and recreational area closures have many travelers opting to cancel plans, and put much anticipated trips on hold.
The reason for plan cancellations is all due to limited or no access to federal recreational areas.
Boston Globe: Quincy non-profits feel impact of government shutdown
With the federal government entering its second week of a shutdown, local non-profits are saying they can already feel the pinch.
From Quincy Community Action Programs to Interfaith Social Services, from food assistance to housing help, low-income services are stretching thin amid limited funding.
The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a new spending bill by October 1, shuttering most of the federal government and leaving those relying on federal services and paychecks in flux.
This has caused problems in a number of areas at UW-Madison, including research. The university receives more than half of its research money from the federal government. In 2011, it received almost $600 million dollars, the ninth-highest amount in the nation.
The Alaska king crab season is set to start soon, but all the fishing boats will have to stay docked because the government must sign off on permits and quotas.
Fisherman stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars unless lawmakers make a compromise.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Effects of government shutdown spread to CDC
As the government shutdown slows federal agencies down, flu season is just ramping up.
The timing is problematic, federal health officials say. While flu shots will still be available at local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ceased monitoring flu outbreaks and keeping tabs on unfamiliar strains of the illness.
More than 8,700 of the CDC’s employees — about two-thirds of the entire staff — have been furloughed, meaning that efforts to conduct surveillance of the upcoming flu season and other infectious diseases were abruptly suspended last week.
As the federal government pushes toward a full week of being shut down, the effects are rippling further.
Local parks and boat ramps run by the Army Corps of Engineers are closed, and some local businesses are feeling it in their wallets.
News and Sentinel: Shutdown affects local veterans
Five days into the government shutdown some local residents are starting to feel the pinch from the first shutdown in 17 years.
Along with area federal employees who are off the job for the foreseeable future, some local veterans on the G.I. Bill are dealing with delays in the payment of their benefits.
Hawaii News Now: Local contractors feeling effects of shutdown
It’s not just furloughed, government workers taking the hit of the shutdown, contractors hired to maintain government facilities are also feeling the effects.
“The guys who cut the grass,” says Denny Watts of Warrior Contracting. “The people who approve the contracts, it’s the layers of the economy.”