NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - It's the second day of a partial government shutdown. The shut down is not only affecting daily operations within the federal government; it's also impacting virtual ones.
All government agencies have a government website. But as of Tuesday, many of those websites have gone dark.
“I assumed that the Republicans would understand that this is a threat to the people of the United States. But they seem to be in the hands of the tea partiers. And they are being idiots as far as I'm concerned,” said Naomi Gerstel of Northampton.
800,000 federal workers were sent home Tuesday. And the IRS, the Social Security Administration and all National Parks were closed. At the CDC, operations have been scaled back, researchers can no longer keep track of the flu.
“I agree with Nancy Pelosi, it's just pathetic at this point it's just pathetic,” said Bill O’Connell of Belchertown.
But it’s not only the offices that are closed. Websites for the IRS, the NIH and the CDC all have notices warning users that the information in them may not be up to date. Some are even completely offline, like the USDA.
“Freedom of speech and opportunities to network and communicate and voice your opinion are all part of our constitutional rights in this country. And what we are proud of. The internet has become very much symbolic of that, we really are hijacked,” said Lilly Gaev of Florence.
The U.S. Capitol's twitter feed, which shares regional news with its followers, is also offline until further notice.