Impact Of The Federal Government Shutdown On Americans

Impact Of The Federal Government Shutdown On Americans

As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, we look at how it is affecting average Americans. Diane and her guests discuss the impact of Washington's gridlock on individuals, towns and states.

The ripple effects of the partial federal government shutdown are being felt across the country. In response, Republicans have attempted to pass individual bills that would reopen a handful of popular departments and agencies. But Democrats have resisted, saying it is not a viable way to govern. Meanwhile, some federal employees are working without a paycheck. The National Institutes of Health continues to enroll critically ill patients, but at a dramatically reduced pace. Small businesses cannot get government-backed loans. And private companies near national parks see a dramatic drop in customers. Diane and her guests discuss the impact of a shuttered federal government on Americans.

Guests

Dante Chinni

columnist, The Wall Street Journal and director, American Communities Project at American University.

Reid Wilson

writer, The GovBeat Blog at The Washington Post.

Brian Naylor

Washington correspondent, NPR.

Maggie Hassan

governor, New Hampshire.

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