MILLENNIALS & THE SHUTDOWN
Congress could not agree on a budget and the federal government has been shut down for eight days. The cause for the contention? The House passed a bill that would keep the government running through December and also defunds Obamacare. The Senate and President Obama refused to pass and sign any bill that repeals the healthcare law.
- Hundreds of thousands of government workers were told not to report to work last week without knowing when they will return. But the shutdown is no vacation–furloughed workers won’t receive a paycheck during this time.
While “nonessential” workers such as national park rangers, researchers, and NASA staff are furloughed, Members of Congress are at their offices “working” to agree on a budget.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE
- The shutdown doesn’t just affect workers in DC. Millennials have also been affected across the country:
- Students applying for college cannot access information as most of the Department of Education’s websites with data on schools is frozen and offline.
- Interns with the federal government are are furloughed and risk not graduating because they have not completed the required time in their internship or have not completed mandatory projects during their internships.
- Routine payments to grant students’ loans and research aid are delayed.
OUR TIME OPINION
The shutdown is reckless and must end now.