Personal Stories From GOP Government Shutdown

We’ve heard how the Republican government shutdown is impacting health, veterans services, national security, the economy, and more, but we wanted to make sure you’ve seen some of the personal stories of the shutdown’s impact:

  • The Ferris family had to lay off the longtime reading specialist for their autistic son since they have both been furloughed from the Environmental Protection Agency. [Washington Post, 10/10]
  • Expecting father Matthew Barker has taken on a part-time job as a night janitor at Arlington County middle school to support his family after he was furloughed from his job with the Architect of the Capitol. [Washington Post, 10/10]
  • Fred Telleen’s fly fishing guide services has been drastically reduced because of the closure of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, resulting in $1,100 of losses on Monday alone. [Washington Post, 10/10]
  • Renate Seymour gets help from Head Start, WIC, public housing, and subsidized health insurance for her grandson, Jeremiah, who is developmentally delayed. She is unsure how to pay for the support she needs. [Washington Post, 10/10]
  • The closure of Zion National Park has cost the Zion Park Inn $19,000 in business the first week, according to manager Dean Cook. Four counties have declared a state of emergency, and it is estimated that the closing of the park has cost about $3.5 million in visitor spending. [New York Times, 10/11]
  • Chelsea Combs receives baby formula through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children vouchers, but she is among 50,000 in the state who didn’t pick up their vouchers before the agency closed. [Huffington Post, 10/10]

How many more heartbreaking stories do Republican need to hear before they allow a vote on the Senate’s bill to reopen the government?