From weddings to beer, the surprising impacts of the government shutdown

(CNN)The government shutdown is approaching the two-week mark with no end in sight. And now that the holidays are over, its effects are becoming more apparent -- not just on federal workers' salaries, but on everything from science to beer.

Here are some surprising impacts of the government shutdown:

Low-income moms and their kids may not get nutritional assistance

Certain food programs run by the Department of Agriculture could be affected by the shutdown if it continues.
Among those threatened is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which provides nutritional assistance to more than 7 million low-income women and their children.
The WIC is currently operating normally, said Rev. Douglas Greenaway, president and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), a non-profit education arm and advocacy voice for the program. But that could change if the shutdown keeps up.
A prolonged shutdown could "lead to significant health consequences if babies and young children lose access to nutritious foods and vital breastfeeding support," Greenaway's statement said.
"If the shutdown lasts for several weeks, families will be forced to make hard choices about how to feed their newborn babies."

Science experiments could be spoiled

A scientist looks at an ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide coring site.
Many scientists have had to cease their work for federal research agencies, and now the results of delicate experiments hang in the balance.
"Any shutdown of the federal government can disrupt or delay research projects, lead to uncertainty over new research, and reduce researcher access to agency data and infrastructure," Rush Holt, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said in a statement.
Holt pushed for lawmakers and the White House to come to an agreement and fund agencies like NASA, the National Science Foundation, the EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the Department of Agriculture.

Native tribes can't get funding

Houses are backed by sandstone cliffs on the Navajo reservation in Arizona.
Native American tribes that rely on federal funding for different services, such as health clinics and food pantries, are out of luck, according to a report from The New York Times.
About 1.9 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives receive funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is operated by the Department of the Interior, one of the agencies hit by the shutdown.
For one tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan, the cost amounts to $100,000 each day the government is shut down, the Times reported. The tribe is spending its own money in the meantime.
A spokesperson told CNN the shutdown prevents anyone from the bureau speaking on the matter.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker told CNN in a statement Friday the Cherokee Nation was currently using federal funds it received just prior to the government shutdown began and had a plan to use tribal dollars if the shutdown continued. Certain federal programs were still working, he said.
"We do have growing concerns, however, for these federally funded programs if Congress and the President do not reach an agreement soon," Baker said, adding the government has a responsibility and obligation to the tribes.

The backlog of immigration cases is getting bigger

You might remember this shutdown started because President Donald Trump and lawmakers were unable to compromise on Trump's push for a border wall. Now the shutdown is directly hampering his own immigration policies.
More than 300 immigration judges have been furloughed, meaning many immigration courts have closed and the massive backlog of cases will continue.
According to the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, cases involving already detained immigrants will proceed. But those of immigrants who aren't detained will be "reset for a later date" after the shutdown ends.
It could take weeks, or even years, before the rescheduled cases are heard in court, according to the head of the immigration judge's union.

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