Who gets hurt by the shutdown? The short answer: lots of folks. Depending on how long this drags on, we’re talking about students waiting on Pell Grants, low-income mothers and infants who benefit from the WIC nutrition program, elderly Meals on Wheels beneficiaries, and even cancer patients (including kids). But it’s not just less-advantaged Americans who are effected. Are you a federal contractor? Did you want to bring your kids to the Zoo this weekend? If so, buckle up.
I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news coverage of the effects, big and small, of the shutdown. Feel free to add links I’ve missed or anecdotes of your own in the comments.