It took virtually no time at all. As soon as the government shutdown took effect at midnight, Americans of all stripes found their lives affected, and for some, their livelihoods threatened.
Federal workers who have already suffered through furloughs suddenly found themselves at home, unsure of their financial futures. Rob Merritt, a defense worker, feared he might have to file for bankruptcy -- his only solace Tuesday coming after learning he'd been spared being furloughed for at least a week, though he very much remains in limbo beyond that, CNN Money reported.
And the ripple effects went far beyond the 800,000 Americans, like Merritt, in line to have their paychecks from the federal government evaporate.
Those who conduct business at federal facilities, museums and national parks lost work. A father of six who runs a business at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island had to lay off 110 employees -- including himself.
And those who rely on government services in myriad ways are out of luck.
Head Start programs providing child care -- and thereby allowing parents to go to work -- could begin to close, CNN affiliate WPIX reported. "This is for our kid's life, and this is our life too," said Katimi Bouare, mother of a 4-year-old in a program subsidized by Head Start funds. "[The government] shutting down is like shutting our kids' life down."
Women and children who count on a supplemental nutrition program have to fear the funds possibly drying up.
An aerospace engineer told CNN he had to halt his research.
And even though the government has vowed to continue paying members of the military, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America warned that the shutdown "does not bode well for top priorities within the veterans' community." If the shutdown lasts longer than 2-3 weeks, the Veterans Administration might not have enough cash to pay benefits in November, the IAVA said.
Here are stories of some Americans immediately affected by the shutdown:
Business owner, father of 6: 'It has a great impact'
Brad Hill operates a gift shop and food service at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island -- both closed in the government shutdown.
"We just today laid off 110 employees, including myself," he told CNN's "New Day" Tuesday.
This comes after Superstorm Sandy, which closed the site for eight months. During that time, 170 employees were let go.
That was "a devastating experience," he sad. "I have six children, and it took a lot to go for eight months with little pay."
"We are all hoping this is a very short layoff," he said of the government shutdown.
As for lawmakers, Hill has a message: "This is the wrong forum to be doing these kinds of activities. They had 364 days to get together on this. This is a time to pass a budget."
Government employee: Don't hold the budget hostage
Larry Hirsch, a federal employee, already took a financial hit from five furlough days during the summer, which were part of the so-called "sequester."
The shutdown means another "reduction in the funds I take home for my family," he said. Despite word that federal employees might ultimately be paid for their time during the shutdown, Hirsch said the uncertainty remains. "It would be nice to know to plan for our family."
"We're federal employees. Our job is to implement laws and not to hold budget's hostage to a law that's already the law of the land," he told CNN, referring to the health care legislation known as Obamacare that's been targeted by Republicans.
"They have to do their job, get a budget passed, to fund the government and do the services that we're paid to do and American people need."
Military wife: We're being used as pawns
Janet McIntosh wants Congress to take a salary hit. Under current law, Congress continues to be paid during a shutdown.
"See what it feels like to be us, rather than just being up on Capitol Hill, claiming that you're sticking to your values and standing your ground rather than looking for a compromise that helps us, the American people, who put them there," she said on "New Day."