‘Net Pay: $0.00’: How the Shutdown Is Affecting the Country

Closed airport terminals. Blank paychecks. Vandalized parks and monuments. Federal employees and other Americans nationwide are seeing the effects of the partial government shutdown.

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An air traffic control tower rises above a ramp serving LaGuardia Airport in New York. Sick calls from air traffic controllers in East Coast hubs have temporarily grounded or delayed incoming flights to busy hubs like New York's LaGuardia, New Jersey's Newark International and Philadelphia International airports.
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A report by NBC News say stock prices for payday loan companies have increased during the shutdown. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross had promoted loans as a way for workers to keep afloat during the shutdown in an interview with CNBC. Meanwhile, some states like Illinois have enacted low-or-no interest loans to try to help mitigate financial hardships.
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The federal government promised no late tax returns this tax season, with the IRS calling back 60 percent of its workforce to try to stem fears. However, many services that help taxpayers navigate questions on their returns may not be readily available before the April 15 deadline. The IRS will also not conduct or collect on audits during the shutdown.
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Many furloughed workers have no choice but to turn to the gig economy to make ends meet in the short term. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said more new drivers have joined the ride-share program in D.C. since the start of the shutdown. Other furloughed workers depend on the money they make renting out rooms on AirBnb.
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Server Dawn Killoran pulls up the shades as tables sit empty during dinnertime at Rocket City Tavern near numerous federal agencies in Huntsville, Alabama, Jan. 9, 2019. Business at the restaurant has dropped at least 35 percent since the partial federal shutdown began, a trend that is also affecting other small businesses in areas that cater to federal employees.
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A TSA employee stands at a booth to learn about a food stamp program at Newark Liberty International Airport, Jan. 23, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey. The USDA gave out its February food assistance money on Jan. 20th - the last to be paid out until the shutdown is over.
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Colleges have started to postpone tuition payments to students who are furloughed workers or dependent on a federal employee's income, according to the Associated Press.
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Amelia Williams walks with bags of groceries after visiting a food bank for government workers affected by the shutdown, Jan. 22, 2019, in Brooklyn, New York. The Transportation Security Administration hit a record 10 percent sick calls over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend as federal workers face a second missed paycheck during the weeks-long shutdown. Screeners say worries over bills, mortgages and personal finances is preventing them from reporting to work.
Charmell Shaw, a resident of a Housing and Urban Development Section 8 apartment building, becomes emotional as she reflects on the possibility of losing her home if the government shutdown continues on Jan. 18, 2019, in New York. The HUD contract with her building expired Jan. 9, and HUD hasn't been able to renew the contract. Landlords have been asked to cover the cost, and Shaw and other tenants are worried that if their federal subsidies lapse, they could lose their homes.
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People line up to get a free lunch at a pop-up eatery hosted by celebrity chef Jose Andres for furloughed government employees and their families, on Jan. 16, 2019, in Washington, D.C. With an end to the shutdown nowhere in sight, food banks, companies and individuals try to help bridge the food gap with free lunches and donations to federal workers worried about their unpaid mortgages and loans.
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Snow covers a farm field on Jan. 17, 2019, near Ottawa, Illinois. Farmers who rely on Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans to meet operating expenses, buy seed, fertilizer and equipment are beginning to become concerned that the government shutdown will threaten their ability to meet spring planting deadlines.
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Jasmine Tool, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker, seen with her fiancé Daniel Jastrab and their sons Jameson and Silas. Tool is one of many Americans left in the lurch due to shuttered federal departments. Her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago, but there is no one to reinstate it for her. She is now scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive.
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As the shutdown stretch past its fourth week, President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi postponed a State of the Union address and a visit to troops stationed overseas in the latest political power play between the two. Both cited furloughed workers as the reason in pointed letters released to the public.
Government workers protest the government shutdown during a demonstration in the Federal Building Plaza on Jan. 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Many federal employees work for departments that forbid debt, putting furloughed and sidelined employees in danger of losing their jobs should the shutdown continue for employees and families living paycheck to paycheck.
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A herd of elephant seals lounge in a slumbering pile in a sandy cove on the Southeast Farallon Island at the Farallon Islands National Refuge, California, May 12, 2005. Environmental research projects on everything from endangered animals to air and water quality are being delayed and disrupted by the month-long partial federal government shutdown and not just those conducted by government agencies. Scientists with universities, nonprofit organizations and private companies say their inability to collaborate with federal partners, gain access to federal lands and laboratories and secure federal funding is jeopardizing their work.
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The Federal Trade Commission is one of many federal departments gone dark as the shutdown enters its fourth week. Victims of identity theft seeking help will not be able to consult the FTC for advice, whose hotline and website, identitytheft.gov, go unmanned.
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An FAA employee posts a photo of his paycheck on Facebook showing "$0.00" paid. Jan. 11 marks the first missed paycheck for approximately 800,000 federal employees who were furloughed or working without pay.
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A Transportation Security Administration officer works at a checkpoint at Miami International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Miami. An increase in the number of its employees calling in sick during the partial government shutdown is forcing the airport to close off one of its concourses for the duration of the shutdown. Passengers in other airports, meanwhile, are seeing an increase in wait time to get through security.
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Routine food inspections done by the FDA was halted during the shutdown, though the the agency recently announced inspections of riskier food items like cheese, infant formula and produce would resume next week by furloughed employees who will be forced to return to work without pay.
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Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe, right, a member of the Colville Indian tribe, passes an abalone shell with burning sage in it, Jan. 11, 2019, during a talking circle meeting to discuss the practice of traditional Indian medicine at the Seattle Indian Health Board in Seattle, Washington. Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting hundreds of Native American tribes and entities that serve them. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment, and where one person often supports an extended family.
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Trash begins to accumulate along the National Mall near the Washington Monument due to a partial shutdown of the federal government on Dec. 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C. America's national parks and cherished monuments are overflowing with garbage and human waste as the shutdown left many sites without staffers who keep the parks running.
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A once vibrant Joshua tree is cut in half in an act of vandalism in Joshua Tree National Park on Jan. 8, 2019, in Joshua Tree, California. Vandalism, illegal camping and trash plagued some of the understaffed national parks during the shutdown.
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Government workers protest the government shutdown during a demonstration in the Federal Building Plaza on Jan. 10, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. The shutdown, which started at midnight on Dec. 22, 2018, became the longest in U.S. history when Congress and President Donald Trump failed to fund the government by Jan. 12. The longest previous shutdown lasted for three weeks during December 1995 to January 1996 during President Bill Clinton's administration.
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Hundreds of government scientists and NASA’s space-exploring plane SOFIA, pictured, the world's largest airborne observatory,were unable to attend this week’s 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society due to the shutdown. The shutdown’s impact on science stretches beyond canceled conference appearances. It has halted important work research work at the Environmental Protection Agency EPA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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Work on superfund removal sites like this one seen in Birmingham, Alabama, on Jan. 9, 2019, have been suspended due to the partial federal shutdown, leaving communities and nearby residents in the dark about possible health concerns while living among possible toxins.
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Christain Saint-Surin, 7, watches as security guards secure the doors of The National Museum of African American History on Jan. 2, 2019. Museums and parks closed due to the partial federal shutdown.
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Volunteers Alexandra (R) and Ruth Degen walk after cleaning a restroom at Joshua Tree National Park in California on Jan. 4, 2019. Volunteers with 'Friends of Joshua Tree National Park' have been cleaning bathrooms and collecting trash at the understaffed park during the partial government shutdown.
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Taylor Kirkpartick, 12, holds a sign protesting the government shutdown at the James V. Hansen Federal Building on Jan. 10, 2019, in Ogden, Utah. Federal employees are calling for the government to be reopened, with many workers and their families feeling the pinch of mortgage payments and bills in the face of blank paychecks.
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A worker walks through the empty lobby of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Alabama, Jan. 9, 2019. Businesses in areas that house federal departments and headquarters have seen a sharp drop in revenue as department headquarters become ghost towns.
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Beer is brewed at the Alementary Brewing Co. in Hackensack, New Jersey, on Jan. 7, 2019. The owners said they recently invested in $1 million worth of new equipment and a new warehouse which would increase their capacity five times, but due to the government shutdown, they, and other breweries in the country, have been unable to get the required licenses from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
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