The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown last “months or even years,” as the president has suggested it might, experts tell NBC News.The doomsday scenario might be unlikely — the longest the federal government has ever shut down is 21 days, a record that will fall if the current closure lasts until Saturday — but it is chilling.”We’ll be in no man’s land,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told NBC News.If the worst were to happen, experts say the devastating impact would be widespread:38 million low-income Americans lose food stamps6 million face an uncertain timetable for collecting tax refunds2 million without rental assistance and facing possible eviction800,000 paycheck-less federal employees plunged into dire financial straitsShuttered parks and museums while overstressed airports cause tourism to tankFederal court system slows to a crawlDisaster relief money doesn’t get to storm-ravaged areasLapsed FDA and EPA inspections lead to dangerous outbreaksPrivate companies looking to go public are stuck in limboStock market plummetsThe end isn’t near — yet. But If the standoff persists — talks blew up at the White House on Wednesday — and Congress and President Donald Trump can’t reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling in… Read full this story
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