Unexpected Side Effects of the Government Shutdown

Since October 1, 2013, the federal government’s shutdown has sent more than 800,000 workers home without pay,¬†while another 1.3 million were required to report to work without pay. You probably never expected the ripple effect of the shutdown to reach as far as craft beer, horse adoption, football, flu season, cemeteries or drug tests. Here are some unexpected side effects of the government shutdown:

Craft Beer
The shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers.

Horse Adoption
As part of the shutdown, the Bureau of Land Management has ceased its wild horse adoption program. For years, the agency has been rounding up wild horses out west, keeping and caring for the animals and offering them for adoption. The goal is to manage lands’ limited resources — water, vegetation, and the like.

Football
The Department of Defense has canceled all intercollegiate athletics contests at the Air Force, Army, and Navy.

Flu Season
The Centers for Disease Control will “be unable to support the annual seasonal influenza program,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC monitors the spread of the flu and determines how to best direct vaccine programs around the country, but since it will be out of business during the shutdown, flu shots may not be replenished after they’re depleted.

Cemeteries
Twenty-four American war cemeteries, including the Normandy American Cemetery at the site of the D-Day invasion, are closed.

Drug Tests
As per page 4 of the Department of Transportation’s Operations During a Lapse in Annual Appropriations Plan under “Summary of Suspended Activities,” the DOT will not drug test its employees.

Sources: MSN Money, CNN Money, Washington Post

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