5 Government Agencies Hit Hard By the Shutdown
On Tuesday, the United States government began shutting down nonessential operations and furloughing as many as 400,000 civilian employees. The reason? Congress, divided over the Affordable Care Act, was unable to pass a continuing resolution that would keep the lights on through the start of the new fiscal year. As a result, any agencies that needed appropriations are now without funding and can not legally operate, with the exception of those duties that are considered necessary to protect life and property.
President Obama wrote a letter to employees of the federal government on Tuesday, saying that he will do “everything in my power to get the House of Representatives to allow our Government to reopen as quickly as possible, and make sure you receive the pay that you have earned.”
Here are some of the government agencies that will be hit hardest.