Thursday marked the 27th day of the US government shutdown, six days longer than the previous record, in 1995-1996. As a result, more than 800,000 federal workers nationwide are missing paychecks. Overall, the shutdown is estimated to be costing the US economy more than $1 billion a week.
In New England, the shutdown is being felt in a variety of ways. Here is a breakdown of employees by state and a look at cascading problems nationwide that could arise as a result of the shutdown.
2,100 employees (46th). Departments with most affected workers: transportation, state, and agriculture.
1,500 employees (47th tied). Departments with most affected workers: homeland security, agriculture, and interior.
1,500 employees (47th tied). Departments with most affected workers: homeland security, justice, and transportation.
8,200 employees (18th). Departments with most affected workers: Treasury, transportation, and interior.
Throughout January: This is a critical month for science grants that are going unrewarded during the shutdown. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, calculated how much funding National Science Foundation provided through Jan. 8 last year: $42 million in 2018 vs. $0 in 2019.
Jan. 25: Federal courts expected to deplete resources and may have to suspend some civil cases.
Jan. 28: The IRS begins processing tax returns and has recalled half its furloughed workers (without pay) to handle them and issue refunds. Audits will remain on hold.
Early February: The Census Bureau could run out of funding for work on the 2020 count, and rent subsidies from the Agriculture Department are expected to run out for nearly 270,000 rural low-income families.
Late February: The Food and Drug Administration would run out of funding to review new drug applications.
March: Federal food assistance program is at risk of running out. The country’s AAA credit rating could be affected; and HUD’s Section 8 rent vouchers for 2.2 million households may run out.Material from The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and The New York Times was used in this report.