Major federal agencies affected by the shutdown include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Justice, State, Transportation, and the Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times
From the start, it has seemed like the federal government shutdown with no end in sight. More than three weeks later, with Washington still gridlocked over President Trump’s demand for a wall along the southwestern border, that is still true.
But the sharpest effects of the longest shutdown in the nation’s 242-year history are only beginning to emerge across the country. In many parts of the United States, the shutdown has underscored how deeply the federal government is connected to everyday life, and the spending standoff has created cascading crises far from the border.
About 800,000 federal workers are going without pay — and a growing number of them, worrying about missing mortgage and credit card payments, are filing for unemployment benefits. Thousands more federal contractors are off the job and will most likely not be able to recoup their missed paychecks. Restaurants and shops near major federal offices, especially in Washington, have emptied out.
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So have laboratories run by NASA and the Smithsonian Institution’s museums along the National Mall. Food inspections have become fewer, as have many checks by the Environmental Protection Agency. Travelers have complained that airport security lines, run by Transportation Security Administration officers who are working without pay, have come to a crawl. Trash has piled up at National Park Service sites, or at least those that are still open.
Native American tribes have missed out on millions of dollars in federal funding for basic services, farmers have been squeezed by issues with loans and payments, and states have written checks to keep some services and properties, like the Statue of Liberty, running normally. The federal courts have hung on so far, with a goal of saving enough money to run as they ordinarily do through Jan. 18.
Congress recently approved a proposal that promised back pay for federal workers affected by the shutdown. But their checks will come only once Washington reaches a deal. Until then, the consequences will mount from coast to coast.
Basic services: The Chippewa Indian food distribution site in Sault Ste. Marie. Tribal leaders expressed uncertainty about whether deliveries of fresh food would continue.CreditBrittany Greeson for The New York Times
Border protection: Customs and Border Protection agents, who are working without pay, deported individuals as others waited to cross into the United States on the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge in Texas.CreditCallaghan O’Hare for The New York Times
Food safety: Meat and poultry inspections have continued by the Department of Agriculture. But foods such as produce, processed cheese and cereals may not be inspected as often as the Food and Drug Administration deals with a reduced inspection workforce.CreditNicole Craine for The New York Times
Hurricane zones: Melissa Sims with her 3-year-old twins, Eli and Alexis, as she left their house in Marianna, Fla., where damage from Hurricane Michael can still be seen. She and her husband, Joe, work at the federal prison in Marianna, but are taking turns working for weeks at a time at the federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss., a nearly seven-hour drive.CreditKevin D. Liles for The New York Times
Federal workers: Federal employees, contractors and supporters rallied in Washington to demand that President Trump and the Senate reopen the government.CreditLeigh Vogel for The New York Times
Homeland Security: A Coast Guard boat responded after the Mary B II, a commercial fishing vessel, capsized off the coast of Newport, Ore.CreditU.S. Coast Guard, via Associated Press
T.S.A.: Transportation Security Administration screeners at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington will be paid once the shutdown ends, but many say they are struggling to pay bills in the meantime.CreditAl Drago for The New York Times
Farmers: Despite the loss of crucial loans, payments and other services, threatening their livelihoods, many farmers, including David Nunnery, 59, of Pike County, Miss., have stayed loyal to Mr. Trump and his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall. “I may lose the farm, but I strongly feel we need some border security,” Mr. Nunnery said.CreditEmily Kask for The New York Times
Assistance: Hundreds of federal employees lined up at five locations in and around Washington on Saturday to receive free canned food and produce. Capital Area Food Bank distributed the food in an effort to ease the impact of the partial government shutdown.CreditLexey Swall for The New York Times
E.P.A.: Chris Fuller, a contractor who works as a scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency, at his home in Durham, N.C. “We were given basically four hours to shut down the labs,” he said.CreditVeasey Conway for The New York Times
Presidential protection: Secret Service agents, including those who protect President Trump, are working without pay, according to an official at the agency.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times
National parks: Visitors to Yosemite National Park arrived below Bridalveil Fall, where a consortium of private businesses, civic groups and concessionaires banded together and placed portable toilets after the regular bathrooms were locked because of the shutdown. The toilets mean that volunteers are now having to do less cleanup after people who were relieving themselves wherever they could.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times