For five weeks, as President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding led to the longest (partial) shutdown in history, hundreds of thousands of Americans went unpaid. But beyond the clearest cases of federal workers missing salary payments, the effects of the shutdown spread across the country, impacting all types of American life.
Friday afternoon, Trump announced a deal had been reached to re-open the government for another three weeks. It’s not clear what will happen after a new round of negotiations.
But so far, here are some of the biggest examples of what the 35-day stoppage wrought:
- Dec. 22
- 800,000 pending cases in immigration courts are slowed by reduced staff, including 60,800 in Florida. “They couldn’t find a Spanish interpreter,” a lawyer in Miami said.
- 1.65 million businesses can’t check whether new hires are legal workers because E-Verify is down.
- 192,000 beer labels are waiting for approval, affecting craft breweries looking to sell new products.
- Jan. 8
- 1,150 affordable housing contracts had expired, NBC News reported, which could put homeowners at risk of eviction.
- Jan. 11
- 800,000 federal workers missed their first paycheck, according to the Washington Post.
- 68,000 vehicles are being recalled by Kia Motors without supervision from federal officials, the company announced in a memo.
- Jan. 15
- 50,000 Coast Guard members missed their first paycheck. 42,000 are working anyway, according to the Military Times. “It is aggravating that he is still expected to go to work, and we have to put gas in the car, but we don’t know when the next paycheck will come,” said the wife of a helicopter mechanic.
- Jan. 21
- 3,000 TSA screeners called out of work, 10 percent of the scheduled workforce, a new high.
- Jan. 22
- 27,200 households relying on affordable housing programs saw their contracts expire by this date. The Department of Housing and Urban Development instructed landlords not to evict tenants in rental assistance programs, according to the Washington Post. But advocates worry that "the longer the shutdown continues, the more eviction threats we’ll see for residents of this and other subsidized programs,” HuffPost reported.
- Jan. 25
- 800,000 federal workers missed their second paycheck, according to the Washington Post.
Had the shutdown continued much longer, even more was at stake:
- Jan. 29
- The State of the Union address was planned. President Trump agreed to postpone the speech until after the shutdown ends.
- Jan. 30
- 50,000 Coast Guard members will miss their second paycheck, according to the Military Times.
- Feb. 1
- All federal courts will run out of operating money, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts announced. “There is no historical precedent to help predict what will actually happen,” according to the Brennan Center for Justice. About 33,000 employees work for the federal courts, according to the New York Times.
- March 1
- 40 million Americans may lose SNAP funding, according to Business Insider. Recipients got their February money in advance but do not know when anything else will come. “I am losing sleep over this, man,” a Montana mom told NPR.
- April 1
- 29 million children who rely on funding for school lunch programs may see the well dry up. USDA’s child nutrition programs, which help give students lunch and breakfast, are funded quarterly and set through March.