Open or closed? Here's how a government shutdown could impact you

Lloyd Doyle
January 20, 2018

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers at more than 30 agencies, said Friday afternoon that "our employees right now at this late hour are still waiting to get their notices".

But hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be forced off the job, and some services will go dark.

It depends. In the past, individual members of Congress have reacted differently, with some closing their district offices and others leaving them open. So the troops just received a paycheck, and they wouldn't be due for another one until February 1. The parks will be open.

There are about 283,500 federal employees in the Washington region, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This would be the first time that the government shut down under one-party control since the aforementioned 1979 shutdown under former President Jimmy Carter. An ABC News-Washington Poll found that 78 percent of Americans viewed the 1995-1996 shutdown as a bad thing. If the money runs out on Friday, we are not going to send Customs and Border Protection officers home, open the borders, stop travel into the country, and bring worldwide commerce to a screeching halt.

That means if the stalemate between Democrats and Republicans leads to a shutdown, it could be a shutdown many people wouldn't notice.

All 1.3 million military personnel on active duty would remain on normal duty status, but civilian personnel in nonessential operations would be furloughed.

Border crossings into Canada would continue to be patrolled.

Get Social Security benefits: Payments would continue to be issued, and the Social Security Administration says they do not expect delays to payments.

"But again, all of these people will be working for nothing, which is simply not fair", Mulvaney noted.

Republicans are hoping to pass a stopgap measure to fund the government as bipartisan budget discussions hit a seemingly insurmountable snag, with the funding deadline looming at the end of the week.

"It is also just deeply disappointing that Congress has had months to fund the government". But anyone with tax questions would not be able to get answers from the IRS. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has said federal courts could continue to operate normally for about three weeks without additional funding.HEALTHCARE: Sign-ups for the newly created Obamacare health insurance exchanges began as scheduled. The National Park Service (NPS) estimated the shutdown resulted in $500 million in lost visitor spending in areas around the parks and the Smithsonian museums. They would run out of money after Sunday. While polls showed that Americans widely disapproved of how government leaders had handled the shutdown, Republicans got the brunt of the blame.

For example, in the last government shutdown the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, was not authorized to spend any reserves and had to shut down.

To hear lawmakers talk, it's all the other party's fault.

However, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Mick Mulvaney said on Wednesday that a shutdown under the Trump administration "would look very different than it would under the previous administration", adding that national monuments would remain open. A front-page cartoon in a NY tabloid depicted Gingrich as a diaper-clad, bottle-clutching infant in full-tantrum mode.

Up to 417 national park sites could be closed, though the Trump administration is going to "try to allow limited access wherever possible", Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said.

"Not only can the president decide who or what is an essential activity, the president can change his or her mind anytime", Collender said.

Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, said it's a disaster that ought to be avoided.

CHILDREN: Six Head Start programs in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and SC serving about 6,300 children shut for nine days in 2013, the OMB said.

DACA recipients are struggling through just their latest agonizing false dawn as they wait for Congress to act to make their status in the U.S. permanent - a step that has overwhelming public support.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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