As the result of Republicans’ three-year campaign to undermine Obamacare by threatening government funding, the first shutdown in 17 years began at midnight October 1. It directly affects not only 800,000 government workers who have been furloughed, but also the U.S. economy, visitors to historic sites, Americans’ public safety and health care, and more.
Here are nine examples of the impacts already visible from the first day of the shutdown:
1. There was a long line to enter a Senate office building because other entrances were closed.
2. Tourists at the Statue of Liberty find out it won’t open.
3. A slew of agency websites are not operating. Here’s NOAA.gov.
4. 3,000 airline safety inspectors have been furloughed. Here, the Federal Aviation Administration cafeteria is closed:
5. The shutdown has even closed a U.S. cemetery in France.
6. Visitors aren’t able to enter the building that houses the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
7. Government workers protested furloughs on Monday, with 800,000 federal workers forced not to work, or receive pay, nationwide. 100 rallied in Chicago:
8. With national parks closed, a road is shut down in Saylorville, Iowa:
9. Earlier today, World War II veterans overtook a memorial that had closed. This morning, workers hung signs indicating national monuments and museums won’t open in Washington, DC.