If Congress doesn't pass a budget by next Friday, and doesn't pass another Continuing Resolution, the government will "shut down." Apparently, some of the Teabilly, Teahidist, Tealiban, Teabagger, Teatards, whatever term you prefer, Tea Party aficionados, are actually rooting for such an outcome.
Well, if it does "shut down," here's one local effect. The Idaho National Guard drills on the weekend of April 9-10. If the shut down happens, drill is cancelled, and rescheduled for some time after a budget is passed. Not a huge deal, I guess, unless the soldiers and airmen and Marines have plans for the weekend to which the drill will be moved.
A bigger deal is the soldiers here going through the training program on Gowen Field. These guys are from out of town, going through a set program of instruction. Well, their instructors can't work on the weekend if government is shut down. So the student will either have to go home, or wait out the shut down. But, can they wait it out? They're not in a pay status, either, so they're waiting on their own dime.
Can they go home? Not sure. Doubtful that they can legally incur the cost of a plane ticket, since the spending won't be authorized.
And, since the classes are pretty rigidly programmed, missing a day, and especially a few days, means they won't complete the training, and thus won't get the appropriate certification or credential. Which means the training already completed is pretty much wasted. And means they'll have to come back at some other time. Since the schools are 2-3 weeks, depending, they'll have to work with their civilian employer to get even more time off the job. And last, a good many of the soldiers require the training before getting promoted. So advancement will be delayed.
Yep, that'll show us. Refuse to compromise and shut the government down to make a political point. Exactly the right thing to do. And if some soldiers get screwed as collateral damage, well, so be it.