Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Here's what would, and wouldn't, happen during a government shutdown

Here's what would, and wouldn't, happen during a government shutdown

The Justice Department released a statement saying most of its employees will be called to work, but even it was unclear about whether some would be told to stay home.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said his department is "ready" if the government shuts down.

She also said the city plans to help the federal government maintain the National Mall if there's a shutdown. It lasted for 16 days.

In 2013, the shutdown especially affected residents of Washington. Polls at the time showed that Americans thought Republicans were more to blame for the crisis than Democrats.

According to, there are more than 54,000 federal civilian employees in the state, as of 2016. Others had, but only very recently.

Courts: The administrative office of the U.S. courts has said federal courts, including the Supreme Court, could continue to operate normally for about three weeks without additional funding.

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In other words, just 12 hours ahead of a potential shutdown, some federal agencies were still figuring out what they were going to do.

However, several local closures are planned if a shutdown occurs. "There's a big difference between having a document that says, 'Open in case of emergency, ' and being able to do it appropriately". A continuing resolution, or "CR", is legislation that funds government operations at the current spending level. They are still searching for votes even as we speak.

What stays open and who gets paid? The answer he received was later contradicted by his boss.

"This time there has been literally nothing", the employee said.

Congress failed to pass an authorization bill before their old one ended, leaving them without money after April 30, 1980.

Poppe said he's frustrated at the idea of another shutdown. These all lasted between one and three days. The Smithsonian has said its museums could remain open for the first weekend.

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As far as how they prepare for a shutdown, Doughman said they're actually not allowed to do a whole lot of planning, though he does have a folder in his desk labeled "shutdown". "This legislation is created to shield civil servants, who need to support their families, from the disastrous effects of Congress' failure to agree on a budget measure". The military is considered essential so it would largely continue to function, though Congress would have to reapprove a bill from 2013 to have members of the military continue to receive paychecks during the shutdown. And Washington is growing used to it.

In all, there are about 800,000 federal employees nationwide and internationally. Congress typically authorizes back pay.

Government contractors have also gotten wiser since the last shutdown, when they didn't get paid. "There's a possibility they would be serving without pay for that period of time, but everybody will continue to serve whose in active duty".

The Department of Homeland Security expects that about 90 percent of Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection employees would be kept on duty during a shutdown, according to a January 2018 planning document.

The shutdown is looming amid the latest showdown between Senate Democrats and President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. The agency's helpline would be closed during a government shutdown. The tax filing season opens in just a few days, yet many employers and taxpayers are still trying to understand the changes Congress made to the tax code late past year -the largest overhaul in three decades.

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