Real people are being hurt by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. It’s been more than a month since millions of federal employees and contractors received their last paycheck, and there’s no end in sight.
This is a human tragedy. And it’s also an economic disaster with far-reaching implications for just about every segment of the U.S. economy. Brewers can’t bring new beers to market. Restaurants are cutting workers’ shifts in response to declining sales. More than 2,000 retailers can’t serve low-income families who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And those are just a few of the hundreds of examples we’ve collected in recent weeks.
This Friday will be the 35th day of the partial government shutdown, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host an event that focuses on these and other hidden economic consequences of the partial government shutdown. Please join us for Day 35: The Real Economic Impact of the Government Shutdown from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 25, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20062.
We are bringing real people to Washington to talk about the real hardships the shutdown is causing in all 50 states. We will hear from the owners of small businesses that are suffering in communities across the country, as well as representatives of companies that are stepping up to help federal workers at a time of deep and prolonged need. Experts will assess the macroeconomic effects of the shutdown, as well as how it’s impacting what was expected to be a banner year for the IPO market.
Please contact Hilary Crow at (202) 680-3513 with questions.