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Government shutdown has limited affect on campus

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The Lincoln Memorial, closed due to the federal government shutdown.

It hasn’t happened in more than 17 years and last Tuesday, the federal government officially shutdown.

The shutdown effects more than 780,000 federal employees.

The last time the government shut down was in December of 1995 and it lasted 21 days. The dispute, involving Democratic President Bill Clinton and the Republican led Congress, was mostly over funding for Medicare.

In present day, the same scenario has taken place with Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican led Congress in dispute with a spending plan for the fiscal year that largely concerns spending for the Affordable Care Act.

That leaves many to wonder, how does that effect Grand Rapids Community College?

“We will have no immediate impact by the government shutdown.” said Leah Nixon, director of communications at GRCC. “The only way we could have any type of impact would be for the government to be shut down for a long period of time then some federal grants and financial aid may begin to be impacted.”

Impacts of the shutdown not only begin with global embarrassment that congress cannot agree on a budget, but many essential government programs have ceased operation leading to major impacts country wide.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has suspended its flu program right as the flu season approaches. According to the Department of Health and Human Services contingency staffing plan, it will be “unable to support the annual seasonal influenza program.”

And what may be the biggest impact, more than 2 million federal workers may have their paychecks delayed and some may not even be getting paid at all.

The Collegiate wants to know if you have been impacted by the government shutdown, please comment below.

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