How has the government shutdown affected you?

On October 1, 2013, the federal government shut down as the two chambers of Congress failed to pass even a short-term spending bill for fiscal year 2014, which started that day. Two days into the shutdown, the deleterious effects on the astronomical sciences are becoming clear. However, we do not know all the effects yet. So we are asking you to submit your stories as we prepare to draft a letter to lawmakers that demonstrates the damage their inaction is causing and urge them to re-open the government. Any and all information gathered here will be used completely anonymously in any communications with government leaders.


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