Shutdown and the consequences of These US institutions are affected

The federal government partially shut down Saturday after Congress failed to pass a spending bill over President Donald Trump's demands for $5.7 billion for a border wall.

"The TSA will continue to provide the rigorous security it always does if there is a partial government shutdown", TSA said in a statement.

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments will shutter, along with dozens of agencies. Roughly 53,000 of them belong to the Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for ensuring safety at transit hubs as part of the Homeland Security department.

Other than the government positions not receiving pay or forced on unpaid leave, the rest of Northeast Ohio and the United States should run relatively normal throughout the holiday season and throughout the government shutdown. Nearly 90 percent of the Homeland Security staff is deemed essential.

Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security will proceed as normal.

The U.S. Postal Service won't be affected because it is an independent agency, so you can expect last-minute packages and holiday cards to be delivered. Correctional officers, law enforcement and Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard staff will also remain at work. Those deemed "essential" or "exempted" - such as security personnel screening passengers at airports or border patrol agents - were required to continue working at their jobs, although they were not receiving paychecks. Other agencies including the Federal Reserve and Labor Department will be issuing reports as scheduled.

In a 1995-96 political battle, Democratic President Bill Clinton bested Speaker Newt Gingrich and his band of budget-slashing conservatives, who were determined to use a shutdown to force Clinton to sign onto a balanced budget agreement. Surprisingly, despite the fact that most federal workers have stable jobs and income sources, they were quick to cut spending on pretty much everything, from restaurants to clothing to electronics, just days after their pay was delayed.

The move makes a shutdown essentially inevitable, as the deadline to fund the government is at midnight Friday.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Andrew Wheeler notified staff late Thursday that his agency has enough money in reserve to stay open through December 28, as reported by the Washington Post.

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. The National Zoo in Washington will close, but the animals will still be fed and cared for.

A notice from the National Park Service said the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were open, thanks to funding from NY state.

During the last shutdown, the Statue of Liberty was closed for two days before the state of NY chose to pony up the money necessary to keep it open. In the past, however, they have been repaid retroactively even if they were ordered to stay home. The House seems sure to follow suit.

While the Department of Transportation - and thus the Federal Aviation Administration - are affected by the shutdown, more than three-fifths of the department's employees will remain at work, including air traffic controllers, according to a plan provided by the department.

Many government services will still continue per usual, according to CNN.

"The upshot is that a shutdown, even if it lasted for a week or more, would have only a very modest impact on first-quarter GDP growth, subtracting perhaps a few tenths at most", Paul Ashworth, chief US economist of Capital Economics, wrote in a note earlier this year.


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