How A Government Shutdown Could Affect You

A government shutdown would put tens of thousands of federal workers on furlough and interrupt certain services.

Close up of a web page with a cursor over a Shut Down button
(Image credit: Sean Gladwell, Getty Images)

Once again, the United States is facing a government shutdown deadline. Lawmakers have to pass appropriations bills to fund the government or agree on a short-term stopgap measure that would buy them more time for negotiations. If they fail to do one or the other, the government would shut down — and with it a number of public services.

Even if you're not a government employee, there are a number of ways a government shutdown could affect you, from travel delays to application slowdowns.

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Esther D’Amico
Senior News Editor

Esther D’Amico is Kiplinger’s senior news editor. A long-time antitrust and congressional affairs journalist, Esther has covered a range of beats including infrastructure, climate change and the industrial chemicals sector. She previously served as chief correspondent for a financial news service where she chronicled debates in and out of Congress, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department with a particular focus on large mergers and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and in English.