The government shutdown is being felt in communities across the country including the greater Houston area.
People trying to pick up forms at one Social Security Administration office located in the 10000 block of Stancliff were surprised to find the doors locked.
An office official told Local 2 that the office always closes early on Wednesday, but they have to turn away 50 percent of the people because services are limited due to the government shutdown.
For instance, no new or replacement social security cards are being distributed.
"It's going to affect people who need to get forms, but what do you do," asked Johnny Gomez, who went to the office with his brother.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker said the government shutdown is causing minimal disruption in the city of Houston.
"The control tower at Ellington Field shutdown at midnight last night," said Mayor Parker. "Ellington is still operating on visual flight and will continue to operate safely until the situation is resolved."
The mayor also said that seven embedded federal employees working at a city health department were furloughed, but services are continuing.
The government shutdown has also forced park rangers to turn away people at federal parks around the country.
Houstonian Donna Baumer and her husband are vacationing in Colorado.
They were disappointed to discover that their plans to tour the Rocky Mountain National Park would be cut short.
National parks are closed while lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on the budget.