What's Changing, What's Not, in a Shutdown

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  • Food Not Supplemented
  • Breakfast, Lunch and SNAP
  • Sluggish Economy
  • Short Shutdown Equals Economic Safety
  • Data in Danger
  • Not All Statistics Affected
  • Passport Hault
  • Passports, Greencards and Visas Still Issued
  • Fewer Loans Approved
  • Business As Usual
  • Delays in New Disability
  • Current Disabilities Unphased
  • Breaking Down the Shutdown
  • Park It
  • Don't Pack Up So Soon
  • Diverting Disability
  • Diversion Doesn't Mean Not Functioning
  • No New Patients
  • Can't Stop Obamacare
  • Farm Not So Fresh
  • Meat Management
  • Airline Complaints Will Have to Wait
  • Air and Land Travel Continues...For Now
  • Furlough For Long?
  • On Active Duty

Sluggish Economy

THIS: A shutdown that lasts two weeks or more would probably start to slow an already sluggish economy, analysts say. Closures of national parks would hurt hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses. And federal workers who lost pay would spend less, thereby curbing economic growth. A three-week shutdown would slow the economy's annual growth rate in the October-December quarter by up to 0.9 of a percentage point, Goldman Sachs has estimated. If so, that could mean a growth rate of 1.6 percent, compared with the 2.5 percent that many economists now forecast.

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