With nine federal departments and several federal agencies going unfunded, the Washington Post has reported who and what are impacted by the partial government shutdown.
For “America the Beautiful” it’s a dark and scandalously humiliating holiday season.
It makes many of our hard-working citizens wonder why we vote in people who are so uncaring and callous that they would allow such a thing as a shutdown to happen … repeatedly.
With President Trump and Congress at an impasse over federal spending, the nation is in the throes of a partial government shutdown that has shuttered offices and threatens to hold up paychecks during the holiday season and affect popular tourist attractions nationwide.
About three-quarters of the federal budget has been funded through September 2019, which includes the Pentagon, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The remaining quarter of the government that lacks funding includes the State, Justice, Treasury, Transportation and Homeland Security departments.
All told, about 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal workers nationwide — or more than a third — are affected in some way. If the shutdown continues, nearly half would remain home without pay, while the rest would stay on.
Many people live paycheck to paycheck. So how do you pay the rent, buy groceries and fuel when there is no paycheck … all of a sudden?
It’s a cruel way to run a country. The funding ran out at midnight, Dec. 21, just before Christmas.
If you are one of the tens of millions of people scheduled to fly during the next two weeks, don’t worry: Air traffic controllers and federal airline safety inspectors will remain on the job.
Airport security checkpoint staffers will be working but they will not be getting paid.
If they are uncivil to customers, that’s why.
People patrolling federal prisons, charged with immigration enforcement, issuing weather forecasts and inspecting meat and poultry are expected to stay on the job.
Agents with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will keep working, as will the Coast Guard, Border Patrol Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The National Weather Service’s forecasters are expected to keep working.
The Internal Revenue Service is closed, but you must pay your taxes, as usual.
At the Federal Communications Commission, calls to consumer complaint hotlines go unanswered. The Small Business Administration is closed. The Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo in the District, are expected to stay open through Jan. 1.
National Parks and Monuments will stay open.
Postal services will still be delivering.
Some federal workers will have to come in – briefly, anyway. This is what’s known as an “orderly shutdown” process.
In a country that used to be proud of its dedicated institutions, when the government shuts down, workers can be expected to come back in just to help shut it down. That’s a miserable way to run a nation that’s swiftly losing its stature in the world.
Strange. During the presidential campaign, we were told that America would become great again.