Seven Ways a Government Shutdown Could Affect You

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  • Newly Retired?
  • Protect, But Not Get Paid
  • No Loan for You
  • Medical Research Halts
  • D.C. Compost Heap
  • Here We Go Again
  • How About a Staycation?
  • The Office Is Closed

D.C. Compost Heap

Because Washington's budget is controlled by Congress, street sweeping and trash collection in the nation's capital could be suspended. During the last threat of a government shutdown in 2011, some residents created a campaign to retaliate by dumping their garbage in House Speaker John Boehner's front yard.

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