Things That Could Happen if Government Shuts Down
Unfortunately, two of them involve, er, waste
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2011 1:10 PM CDT
US President Barack Obama's budget is unpacked by aides of the Senate Buget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 14, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – As a government shutdown looms once again, Miller-McCune notes 10 things that could happen if Congress doesn't agree on a budget by Friday:

  1. Toxic waste could pile up: During the last shutdown, cleanup was halted at 609 Superfund sites.
  2. Disease hotlines could go unanswered: They did last time, when the National Institutes of Health stopped answering calls.
  3. Child support could get held up: The last shutdown caused delinquent child support cases to be delayed (bankruptcy cases, too).

  1. No trips to Smithsonian museums: Or other parks and federal tourist destinations like the Statue of Liberty.
  2. Clinical trials could be delayed: And so could decisions on the regulation of new drugs and devices.
  3. One word: manure: Last time, a mound of manure sat in a parking lot since the National Zoo couldn't transport it for composting.
What won't be affected: It's not entirely clear, but there are some operations that will definitely keep running, including air traffic control, the TSA, the US Mint, and the Postal Service. Click for the complete list, or check out some other possibilities.

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Apr 6, 2011 8:52 AM CDT
Stop acting like kids for god's sake. Here's an idea to cut expenses: Freeze these guys salaries until they can figure a solution.
Apr 6, 2011 3:39 AM CDT
These freshmen come in , and with less than Zero Understanding of how this Government Works , yet filled to overflow with some kind of Religious Righteousness , Blindly Arrogant in their Abject Ignorance ,.... and before our very eyes , we watch as these ,... Thieves ,.... Steal Our National Character ,... Twisting it into Something Unrecognizable ,....... its like we are watching a B horror flick in slow motion ,.... its like the " Body Snatchers Ruin Our Country " Part II ,.... but this is fo real , yo .... pls wake up , for your kids sake .....
Apr 5, 2011 10:40 PM CDT
The Republicans in the House should really have a little sit down with Newt to understand how much a government shut-down helps their cause...