The U.S. Government has shutdown and furloughed thousands American workers while Congress battles out the budget for the next fiscal year as of October 1, 2013. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is still in full swing, however; the government doesn't feel that NASA is important enough to keep running.
Many national services and operations are impacted by this shutdown including vital call centers, national parks and monuments and veterans’ services. Places like Yosemite, Smithsonian and Statue of Liberty are closed until the government can agree on how to spend the hard earned money paid in taxes by citizens they are now neglecting by shutting down the country.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) researches life-threatening diseases and other areas of health has closed with no new patients being accepted for clinical trials. All child product safety and financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities and The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
Planned energy and transportation projects have also stopped and permits and reviews are preventing companies from working on such projects. Loans to rural communities have stopped, as well as, no applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be accepted during this period.
As of October 14, 2013, there seems to be no compromise between all government officials involved. For further information or the Government Contingency Plan for a extended government shutdown visit Government Shutdown.