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US Government shutdown: What's closed, and who is affected?

US Government shutdown: What's closed, and who is affected?”

The National Parks, which fall under the Department of the Interior, often serve as a symbol of the government's closure, as "Park Closed" signs are placed at entrances and gates are locked shut.

The threat of a government shutdown is looming early Saturday as lawmakers remain divided over immigration and funding federal operations for even a short period of time. An official government estimate said it shaved 0.3% percentage points off of the nation's gross domestic product that quarter, the broad measure of overall economic activity.

JUSTICE: The Justice Department has many essential workers.

U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo, who serves as chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IL, which operates the federal courthouses in Chicago and Rockford, said the district court has enough funding in reserve to maintain current operations levels for "about 3 weeks". EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt advised all employees to return to work next week, but said further guidance will be issued the shutdown extends beyond January 26.

That means military personnel would not suffer a lapse in pay unless a government shutdown lasted until the end of the month - or longer. "I hope that in the days ahead, they will work with Democrats to develop a long-term, bipartisan agreement capable of passing both houses of Congress", she said.

Then, over 60 percent of federal employees continued to work.

The good news for anyone anxious about the impact of another shutdown is that consumer confidence and business confidence is much stronger today than it was in 2013.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and individual US embassies have some discretion over how to handle a shutdown but that the department was taking direction from the White House's Office of Management and Budget.

The Administrative Office of the US Courts has said federal courts - including the Supreme Court - could continue to operate normally for about three weeks without additional funding.

For example, officials are making it clear to the National Park Service that it should keep parks and monuments open that require minimal staffing.

If a shutdown occurs, visitors will still be able to visit the National Zoo, as well as Smithsonian museums, over the weekend.

Air and rail travellers did not feel a big impact in 2013, because security officers and air traffic controllers remained at work.

Republicans and McConnell had been angling for a four-week continuing resolution, that included extending the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years in an effort to entice Democrats to vote for the insurance program they want to fund.

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However, a program at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track flu outbreaks was temporarily halted. There were delays in the review process for new applicants.

Some 700 small business owners seeking about $140 million worth of SBA loan guarantees were in limbo, leaving those businesses without financing.

MAIL DELIVERY: Deliveries would continue as usual because the U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations.

Many of those workers are employed in Atlanta.

ENERGY: The Department of Energy said on Friday that since most of its appropriations are for multiple years, employees should report to work as normal during a shutdown until told otherwise.



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