Government shutdowns: What you need to know

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Government shutdowns: What you need to know

And there will be fewer park rangers monitoring national resources or vulnerable species. The CR is a temporary spending bill that keeps the federal government funded.

"If it's part of a broader problem, if they start to play brinkmanship with the debt ceiling next month, then we have a problem", he said.

USA mail services are expected to continue, but federal tax refunds could be delayed. About half of the federal employee workforce, however, could be furloughed - sent home without pay.

There are almost 28,000 federal workers in OR, plus another 3,400 in Clark County, Washington. Ultimately, however, Republicans own this shutdown, as they have complete control over the executive and legislative branches of government. An ABC News-Washington Poll found that 78 percent of Americans viewed the 1995-1996 shutdown as a bad thing.

But numerous government's primary duties will continue to be performed, although the workers may not be paid for it. Trump, for example, tweeted that a shutdown will be "devastating to our military", but that's not true. However, actual national parks and landmarks, like the Statue of Liberty and Gateway National Recreation Area, should stay open, but with limited services, according to the White House.

"Zero guidance so far, from high- or low-level managers (only unofficial guidance based on our past experiences with shutdowns)", an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday morning.

Under the law, he said, if the government didn't have money from Congress, it would not be allowed to function.

The Trump administration plans to keep national parks open with rangers and security guards on duty.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a special line of funding that will keep all of its hospitals open and nearly all of its medical employees on duty.

Mashable contacted the relevant government departments and agencies - such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Security Administration (NSA) - to ask how a shutdown might affect cybersecurity and internet oversight. More than 1 million more reported to work without knowing when they would be paid, according to media reports.

But a separate branch of the VA that assesses disability claims would be affected by a shutdown. Federal Courts are a separate branch of government.

In the federal government's non-political branch, the Judiciary, the Supreme Court Justices and all appointed Justices also will get paid.

A USDA employee told HuffPost he had to ask a human resources staffer about shutdown protocols. But it would have to furlough workers if Congress went weeks before approving new funding.

Even the military is affected.

"The assumption is always that they'll come through and we'll get funded, and we have to work off that assumption", he explained.

It could cost the country billions in lost economic activity.

This time, workers and federal agencies are still trying to figure out which employees would be considered critical and called to work if Congress fails to make a deal.

This may change, however, as the Washington Post reported Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was working to keep parks open, as many warmer sites like the Everglades are in peak season. The federal debt ceiling will stop the government from continuing to borrow and spend, unless there is an agreement to increase the debt limit. "We are not going to weaponize it".

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton got Congress to agree to a provision that essentially shields D.C.'s budget from the shutdown.

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