Government shutdown not causing much to change, Monday
The federal government shutdown began at midnight Friday when The U.S. Senate failed to pass a spending bill to keep funding government operations.
The U.S. House passed a Continuing Resolution to the fund the government. In the Senate 60 votes are needed to pass the bill to fund the government, and the Democratic leadership is filibustering (or refusing to support) the funding of the government legislation.
But federal workers deemed “essential” are still on the job and critical government functions — including national security and law enforcement operations— are running.
Aside from that, most agencies have reserve funds to keep operating for an extended period.
Monuments and national parks will remain open during the shutdown. In the 2013 shutdown parks were closed and barriers were placed around national monuments. Elderly veterans were turned away from the World War II Memorial in Washington. But this time it’s different.
Expect the mail to be delivered, Social Security checks are being processed as usual, and Medicare and Medicaid programs are up and running. Veterans’ hospitals are operating, too.
Airports are still operating, air traffic controllers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel are still working. But “non-essential” employees at airports are on furlough.
Amtrak is functioning, so the trains are still running.
Federal agencies and departments are closed because most are considered non-essential.
The IRS will not have most of its staff. The agency’s helplines are expected to be turned off during the shutdown.
Other agencies, like the Department of Education, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, are on furlough until the shutdown ends. The EPA will remain open.
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