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Jan 9 - the shutdown is impacting americans in surprising ways


 


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 3 months ago '09        #1
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Jan 9 - the shutdown is impacting americans in surprising ways
 

 
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Mike Yohannes has run a food stand in downtown Washington, D.C., for the past 20 years, surviving economic downturns while selling hot dogs, candy bars and an a*sortment of other edible items.

But the latest government shutdown could be the death knell for his business.

With foot traffic markedly down at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 11th Street where he operates, Yohannes said sales have fallen about 60 percent during the closure, which has affected nearby federal offices, museums and other tourist spots.

“Business is very, very bad,” said Johannes, adding that he pays about $525 in license and other fees every three months, besides food costs. “If it continues like this another two, three months, I’m looking at another job.”

While President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders continue to haggle over his demand for $5.7 billion to fund a southern border wall, with both sides going on national TV to make their case Tuesday night, millions of Americans increasingly feel the impact of the impasse.

The effects are especially detrimental to the folks in the area around Yohannes’ stand, where merchants have been hammered by the partial shutdown

Within a few blocks are the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service and the Commerce and Justice departments, which have furloughed tens of thousands of federal employees or required many to work without pay.

At Nordstrom Rack on E Street, 10 or more customers are typically lined up at the checkout register around midday as federal workers stop in during their lunch hour. There was no line Tuesday, and manager Mary Alvarez said a drop in sales of roughly 25 percent during the closure has forced the layoff of five or six workers.

“January is normally a slow month, but with the shutdown it’s double,” Alvarez says. “We’re struggling to hold onto our employees.”

Several blocks away, the Eye Street Grill shares a building with the Federal Aviation Administration, which has furloughed about 18,000 nonessential employees since Dec. 22. Restaurant owners Yang Soon Kim and husband Il hawn Kim were already reeling from the usual holiday slowdown, but the minimal traffic at the usually bustling buffet line for breakfast and lunch heightened their concerns

They’re thankful the Department of Veterans Affairs across the street remains open.

“If the VA closed, we’d be almost dead,’’ she said.

Outside the nation’s capital, the shutdown’s most obvious impact has come in the form of trash pile ups and overflowing toilets at national parks, where bathrooms have been closed and garbage is not getting picked up. On Tuesday, Joshua Tree National Park in California said it would close down Thursday morning to address maintenance issues.

Longer security lines are also cropping up at airports hampered by record numbers of Transportation Security Administration employees calling in sick.

Averting a massive outcry, the Trump administration announced Monday that tax refunds would be issued even if the shutdown lasts into the filing season, which this year begins Jan. 28.

Still, federal employees are scheduled to begin missing paychecks this week, prompting House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to say of the closure, “In another context we would call that an act of kidnapping or terrorism. … This is devastating to morale and devastating to efficiency.’’

Other residents throughout the country are also feeling the impact in a number of ways, with the departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Transportation, Justice, Interior, State, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development temporarily closing their doors.



Here are some of the effects:

•Accidents like last week’s horrific crash in Florida that k*lled seven people – five of them children on the way to Disney World – is not being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, whose employees are mostly on furlough.

Accident investigators rely on the NTSB’s reconstruction efforts to pinpoint the cause, and those findings are used to recommend safety improvements on the nation’s highways.

•The U.S. Department of Agriculture will delay the release of crucial crop reports that investors and farmers rely on to get a sense for what the agricultural market will look like in the upcoming season.

The USDA also runs the Supplemental Nutrition a*sistance Program, and there was concern the benefit commonly known as food stamps would be affected by the shutdown, but the agency announced on Tuesday that the 44 million recipients could count on them at least through February.

•Members of Native American tribes may have their health care and education programs threatened by the shutdown. Those services were guaranteed by the federal government as part of treaties in exchange for large extensions of land, but The New York Times reports the Bureau of Indian Affairs was furloughing 2,295 of its 4,057 employees, curtailing service.

•The Smithsonian Institution, which welcomed 30 million visitors in 2017 and includes the National Zoo in Washington, has temporarily closed. The Smithsonian – a cultural treasure with free admission – is composed of 19 museums and the zoo, mostly in nation’s capital but also including two in New York.

•The courts that review the cases of undocumented immigrants will see their backlog increase because more than 300 judges have been furloughed. Current cases of detained immigrants will continue as scheduled, but future ones will be delayed, possibly for years.

•With access to national parks curtailed, dozens of weddings planned for those sites have had to be relocated or rescheduled.

•Fans of creative craft beers will have to settle for their current choices for a while, because the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has ceased operations during the shutdown, meaning no new labels will get approved until the folks in Washington reach a deal.

Could a new beer summit be in the offing? Don’t hold your breath
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20 comments for "Jan 9 - the shutdown is impacting americans in surprising ways"

 3 months ago '17        #2
Majestic 
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He can set up a spot in another location
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 3 months ago '06        #3
tonygunz 6 heat pts
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 Majestic said
He can set up a spot in another location
Doesn't matter where he sets up in DC. If government employees aren't working, there won't be much foot traffic.
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 3 months ago '04        #4
deziking 116 heat pts116
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tell me this some bullsh*t






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 3 months ago '04        #5
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 3 months ago '04        #6
erickonasis 23 heat pts23
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 3 months ago '04        #7
dc3003 126 heat pts126
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Hasnt effected me in 1 way.
Its no surprise to me the dems put illegal immigrants lives before americans so this isnt news to me.


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 3 months ago '17        #9
yousabitch 1 heat pts
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Trump supporters are in shambles....nothing but L's since he took office....
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 3 months ago '11        #10
Tony Franks 6 heat pts
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 erickonasis said
This is too much like watching Kingpin in Netflix's Daredevil
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 3 months ago '17        #11
Naga Sadow 32 heat pts32
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This shut down is also hurting reservations. Some aren't even able to get medicine they need.

This monster seriously needs to be stopped and republicans aren't doing anything to help the American people they took an oath to protect.
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erickonasis 23 heat pts23
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 3 months ago '09        #14
NLSP42 208 heat pts208
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 BIG RICHARD said




Actually anyone who is saying either side is winning at this point is a retard
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 3 months ago '15        #15
PineappleOG 41 heat pts41
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Trump and his supporters are way out of touch. We have people who live paycheck to paycheck with their backs against the wall all for politics. Our leader is amongst the least wise people in all of humanity and overall a coward. Nothing is lower than a coward and to be and support this coward is low. There is no brave reason to stand for this guy and what he believes in.
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 3 months ago '10        #16
DATKIDD121 51 heat pts51
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 BIG RICHARD said




Got damn!

Especially the last video

 3 months ago '17        #17
TROY 
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What about the FDA not being able to fully inspect groceries? Health risks going up. Stay safe yall
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 3 months ago '06        #18
TheKastOne 
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Probably makes 100k a year sellin hotdogs ole boy fk do i care go find another job.
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 3 months ago '05        #19
precys 95 heat pts95
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Donald acts like a failing evil villain


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 3 months ago '15        #20
redcodeinesyrup 18 heat pts18
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 TheKastOne said
Probably makes 100k a year sellin hotdogs ole boy fk do i care go find another job.
BRO IM SAYING!!!!!

this n*gga said he finna find another job knowing damn well he ain't and also he probably gets that bag from them government officials in DC.

about to look for this n*gga yelp page right now.

this loser thinks were finna feel sorry cause he cant sell sausage sandwiches
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 3 months ago '05        #21
Gully Reloaded 
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 BIG RICHARD said





The only morons complaining about "DEY TOOK OUR JOBS" are pissed because they can't be janitors at Wal-Mart or fu*king motel housekeepers.

Get some fu*king life skills.
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