Miller, on verge of frothing at mouth over immigration, says Trump will “absolutely” shut down the government over Christmas unless he gets funding for the border wall. pic.twitter.com/gbNlNKSD7v
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 16, 2018
What to Expect
Here’s what to expect in a Government Shutdown.
- The Postal Service is an independent agency, so it won’t be affected in any government shutdown.
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- Air-traffic controllers still will be on the job and customs and border agents will continue working at border crossings.
- Amtrak, a government-owned corporation, also will operate as usual.
- Those who want to go to national parks and federally operated museums could find popular places closed or hours curtailed.
- The national zoos may close but the zoo’s animal caretakers always are considered essential.
- Food-safety inspections continue but could be curtailed if a shutdown lingers.
- Social Security benefits still go out, as will Medicare services and benefits from programs such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children for at least as long as some carryover money in the states or the federal accounts are available.
The main disruption, initially, will be at national parks, museums, and zoos. There may also be delays in economic reports. Otherwise, the average person may not notice anything.
How about turning the parks over to the states and just shutting down everything deemed non-essential?
Roughly a quarter of the federal government will shut down next Friday absent a bipartisan deal. What portions of that do we really need?
Why do we need the department of energy, education, HUD, etc. etc? Even if we need parts of those agencies, how bloated are…