- The partial government shutdown has become the longest in United States history.
- Nearly 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or going without pay.
- The government shutdown affects other areas of the US economy, not just federal workers.
As the partial government shutdown continues with what appears to be no end in sight, the effects are beginning to take a toll on citizens and the economy. The 800,000 federal workers going without paychecks are hit the hardest, while other areas of the United States economy prepare to feel the impact.
Here are some of the key upcoming dates that could be affected by the shutdown.
January 20: Deadline for food-stamp payments
States will have to distribute food-stamp (SNAP) benefits on or before January 20.
January 22: House votes on funding bills
The House of Representatives, led by the Democratic Party, has repeatedly passed funding bills, which have gone nowhere in the Senate because of President Donald Trump’s threat to veto legislation without wall funding. They will have another vote on January 22.
January 25: Federal workers will miss another paycheck
The 800,000 federal employees who are furloughed (meaning they cannot report to work or receive pay) or working without pay (though those workers will receive back pay when the government reopens) will miss another paycheck on January 25, after having missed the first one on January 11.
January 25: Federal courts start to run out of funds
The Administrative Office of the US Courts is set to run out of money on January 25. The court system will continue to function, but with a fraction of the workforce.
January 29: The State of the Union
The State of the Union address is still scheduled for January 29, despite suggestions from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the event be called off until the shutdown is over. It is unclear whether Pelosi will cancel it outright if no progress is made.
January 28: Americans can begin to file taxes
Americans will be able to start filing their taxes on January 28. Despite having almost half the workforce missing, the Internal Revenue Service is confident they will be able to get the filing season started without problems.
January 30: US GDP report
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report for the fourth quarter of 2018 is set to be released on January 30. The GDP could be taking a hit as a result of the shutdown.
March 1: Trade-war deadline
The trade war between the United States and China has been paused for the past couple months, but the ceasefire has a deadline to expire on March 1.
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