Residents across the DMV and the entire nation have been left wondering what the shutdown of the federal government could mean for them and their communities.
There are well over 300,000 federal workers who live around
“We weren’t able to get into Ford Theatre yesterday but it really is a shame for all of the federal workers who are not being paid over the holidays and it is really affecting people locally,” said LeAnn Keim.
A large amount of those workers will have to stay home if the shutdown continues into the New Year.
According to officials with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a sustained shut down could cost the DMV area hundreds of millions of dollars each week.
“The National Christmas Tree itself was nearly a victim of the shutdown and was closed for several hours on Monday. It was only saved by a last second show of support from the National Park Foundation.”
For some visitors, the shutdown could leave their state extremely vulnerable in case of a natural weather disaster.
Additionally, parents say that the shutdown could jeopardize even simple tasks such as arranging travel plans.
“We have a trip planned in April and my daughter does not have a passport yet,” said Keim.” So we have the application and everything all filled out ready to go but we are concerned if the government does not open soon we will not get it in on time.”
In total, there are about 800,000 federal employees across the country whose holiday plans and beyond could be affected in some shape or from by the shutdown.