DAY 20: Trump Shutdown Hurts Our Veterans, Anyone Who Eats Food

As the Trump Shutdown enters its 20th day, the impacts just keep getting worse. The shutdown doesn’t just hurt hundreds of thousands of federal workers. In fact, anyone who eats food is now at risk. Here’s the latest:


The Trump Shutdown disproportionately hurts our nation’s veterans.


ABC News: “As the partial government shutdown continues for a third week, veterans groups are sounding the alarm because of what they say is the disproportionate impact on America’s veterans and a growing fear that financial uncertainty could lead to self-harm.”


ABC News: “An estimated one-third of the federal workforce is made up of veterans, according to the Office of Personnel Management, meaning that more than 250,000 veterans are not currently receiving paychecks.”


Anyone who eats food could be hurt by the Trump Shutdown.


Washington Post: “The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation’s food supply — one of many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that make Americans potentially less safe.”


The Trump Shutdown could create economic catastrophe.


NBC News: “The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown last ‘months or even years,’ as the president has suggested it might, experts tell NBC News.”


The Trump Shutdown actually costs the government more money.


New York Times: “A Shut Down Government Actually Costs More Than an Open One”


The Trump Shutdown hurts wildfire management and prevention.


McClatchy: “Training has been halted for thousands of western firefighters. The U.S. Forest Service can’t let contracts for needed equipment. In forests across the West, no federal employees are doing work to reduce dry ‘fuel’ that feeds catastrophic blazes.”