What a Government Shutdown Means

What a Government Shutdown Means

In the case of a shutdown, just under half of the 2 million civilian federal workers would be forced off the job if the Trump administration sticks to the rules followed by previous Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Before getting to what federal services will be affected by a shutdown, we want to note that there are several that will not be affected.

If the federal government shuts down tonight as Congress finds itself deadlocked on a spending plan amid squabbles over immigration and the military, the country won't be out of business. They eventually received their back pay, and Congress would have to do so in the event of a new shutdown this time around.

This means services like Social Security checks still go out and public safety operations continue. They chose a shutdown.

NATIONAL PARKS: In 2013, national parks closed and overnight visitors had two days to depart, resulting in a loss of 750,000 daily visitors, said the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association.

These closures have serious consequences.

TAXES: The Internal Revenue Service furloughed 90 percent of its staff, said the liberal Center for American Progress. During the 1996 shutdown, as many as 10,000 possible Medicare recipients were turned away every day.

FOOD INSPECTIONS: Department of Agriculture meat inspectors stayed on the job.

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Past shutdowns have done little lasting economic damage but these events can hurt federal workers, rattle markets and shake confidence in the United States overseas. This time, it will have a greater impact for millions of people expecting a tax refund.

Numerous nation's almost 2 million federal civilian employees could be furloughed without pay, their work left undone or delayed, affecting people and businesses needing permits and other official services.

But Marcus Owens, who for 10 years headed the IRS division dealing with charities and political organizations, said those employees traditionally are considered non-essential. During that time, employees do not receive paychecks and are not allowed to do any work. Both Congressmen represent districts home to many federal employees, almost 120,000 between the two of them. The White House gave Congress until March 5 to pass a "DACA fix".

"A government shutdown is simply unacceptable, which is why I voted to keep the government open and am urging my colleagues in the Senate from both sides of the aisle to do the same", Poliquin, a Republican, said.

Since the budget process was overhauled in 1974, there. Cruz was one of the most vocal supporters of a shutdown, at one point staging a 21-hour anti-Obamacare speechathon on the Senate floor.

The House voted late Thursday on a patchwork bill to fund the government through February 16, but a mix of Senate Democrats and Republicans appears poised to reject that legislation and refuse to pass a new budget, ushering in the first government shutdown since 2013. The last shutdown, which lasted 16 days in 2013, delayed release of Labor Department monthly employment reports, Commerce Department data on retail sales and housing starts and a monthly Fed report on industrial production that uses Labor Department data. The most recent occurred in October of 2013.

What actually happens if the government shuts down?

A test vote on a filibuster by Senate Democrats appeared likely before the shutdown deadline of Friday at midnight.

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