The government shutdown, the standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the Mexican border, is now going past its third week with important government workers not being paid and things are getting a little scary. It’s not just scary for those who are trying to pay their bills, make ends meet and provide for their families, it’s also scary from a health standpoint.
Some portions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are apart of the partial government shut down.
About 800,000 workers at roughly a quarter of U.S. government agencies and some of the FDA’s inspectors working without pay. Until Congress passes the funding bills needed to reopen those agencies, the FDA will “focus our resources on areas of highest potential risk to consumers,” Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said Thursday via Twitter.
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