What Happens During a Government Shutdown?

Posted January 21, 2018

Here's a rundown on what to expect in OR and southwest Washington.

However, the Defence Department says a shutdown would not affect the United States military's war in Afghanistan or its operations against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

Social security: Social Security and disability checks were issued in 2013 with no change in payment dates and field offices remained open but offered limited services.

"Are you going to get your passport renewed?" Ditto if you're trying to work out a benefits problem with Social Security or the Veterans Administration, or a tax issue with the IRS. Some federal contractor employees are potentially affected. For purposes of this threatened shutdown, they can be put in three rough categories.

MAIL DELIVERY: Deliveries continued as usual because the US Postal Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations and relies on income from stamps and other fees.

But despite dramatic pronouncements from, and about the military being compromised and people dying as a result of the impasse, not all government agencies and departments will shut down - services that are deemed "essential" will continue to operate. "Most people seem to hope that if a shutdown happens that it does not last long".

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That said, the shutdown would affect only parts of the park that require staffing, such as full-service restrooms and concessions that have some federal employees.

Federal courts are expected to remain open, at least through February 9.

Behind the shutdown is Trump's attempt to use the 800,000 undocumented youth who signed up for the DACA program, which allowed them to work and drive, as hostages to get his wall on the Mexican border; ending the diversity visa that brings in many African immigrants, and limiting legal immigration. But there is no guarantee that would happen this time.

It's not a good weekend to plan that road trip for a wintertime twirl on the ice under Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

In a dramatic late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through February 16. And although Trump touts his skill as a deal maker, he lacks basic understanding of policy and the legislative process, and many lawmakers may not even know what Trump wants.

"If this is a short shutdown, I don't believe there will be much disruption of any kind", Baker said.

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A phone recording for the site on Friday said the grounds remain open for winter hiking and walking from dawn until dusk.

"Every agency is required to have a plan on the shelf about what they're going to do in a shutdown".

Some of Oregon's major federal parks would be less affected because it's winter.

Homestead National Monument Superintendent Mark Engler said the National Parks Service is not expecting a shutdown. Some federal programs that involve feeding people - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and school lunches, for example - would still be funded.

OR receives more than $11 billion a year in federal funds for a wide variety of programs. "The National Mall is operated by the National Park Service and there are many other National Service Park properties throughout Washington, DC ... we will step in and ensure litter and trash are picked up along the National Mall to keep nation's front yard clean of debris".

"There would be a lag time of several weeks before there would be an impact" on recipients, said Jay Remy, communications director for DHS.

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A DHS official told Mashable that "Nearly ninety percent of all DHS personnel are considered essential staff and will continue to perform their duties in the event of a government shutdown".