What exactly is a Government Shutdown?
POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8:05pm
It looks like a government shutdown is inevitable is some sort of Continuing Resolution, or CR can’t be hammered out between the House and Senate.
The military will continue to operate. But instead of paychecks, those in uniform usually get IOU’s to collect pay at a later date.
But, Congress has voted to pay the military directly this time.
Air traffic controllers, the federal reserve, the FBI, DEA and federal courts will operate normally for a time.
But if the shutdown lasts longer than 2 weeks, the courts could run out of money.
Since the Postal Service operates as an independent agency, the mail will keep coming.
....through snow, rain, heat, and, you know.
Most Homeland Security operations will continue.
But the FDA says it would be unable to keep up most of its food safety oversight. 66-hundred employees could be furloughed.
HUD would largely shut down.
Same with Department of Interior, which means the national parks would also close.
And if you're coming to Washington, the Smithsonian museums and zoo would be closed.
The Departments of Labor, Energy, Commerce, and the EPA are expected to close.
Some IRS functions would cease.
But Social Security checks would still go out.
And veterans could see their benefits affected, but medical services should continue.
The new federal health care law, Obamacare, would continue to be implemented because those funds are not dependent on the congressional budget process.
And ironically, Congress will be paid even during a shutdown.
The longest shutdown... 1996 for 21 days.
The irony is, according to insiders counting the votes, if a clean Continuing Resolution were put to a vote in the House, it would pass.
So far, that is not in the cards.