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420,000 employees will go without pay if government shuts down

22 Décembre 2018

The government eventually paid both groups the money owed them, regardless of whether they worked, after Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement on October 16.

Amtrak, a federally owned corporation rather than a government agency, will be open.

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments will shutter, along with dozens of agencies. Social Security will still be paid out as will Medicare reimbursements and food stamps.

Pima Council on Aging President Mark Clark says they've been getting a lot of anxious calls asking if a shutdown will stop payments from Social Security or Medicare. Closing of national parks is one of the most visible signs. In fact, virtually every essential government agency, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, will remain open.

Mail would be delivered as usual because the Post Office does not run on money from Congress.

Passports and getting tax information from the IRS are two items that can not be done as the State Department and IRS services are impacted by a partial shutdown.

Way back in the day, shutdowns usually weren't that big a deal.

For furloughed employees, however, it's up to Congress whether they get paid for the shutdown period; after every previous shutdown, Congress has passed legislation mandating that furloughed workers be paid. Nearly 90 percent of the Homeland Security staff is deemed essential. The DHS noted in a contingency plan prepared for the shutdown, "An employee who refuses to report for work after being ordered to do so will be considered to be in an absence without leave status and may be subject to administrative or disciplinary action for not reporting for work".

Across the country and here in Alaska, employees who are deemed "essential" in those agencies will stay on the job, though most will be unpaid.

On Thursday, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed a temporary spending bill that included billions for Trump's proposed wall along the southern USA border.

"In the event of a government shutdown national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures", National Park Service Chief Spokesperson Jeremy Barnum said.

America is bracing for a partial government shutdown
Jose Luis Magana APAmerica is bracing for a partial government shutdown

Airport security checkpoints will also remain at full staffing, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Safety Administration said, though she added that those workers will not be getting paid.

For non-excepted employees, that depends on what Congress does.

In an attempt to bolster the slim chances of the measure's passage in the Senate, Trump summoned Senate Republicans to the White House Friday morning to discuss the bill and border security.

Trump Administration is already bracing for a shutdownThe Office of Management and Budget has communicated with senior agency officials throughout the administration "to remind them of their responsibilities to review and update their lapse plans and to take other necessary steps to prepare for a potential lapse in appropriations, regardless of whether the enactment of appropriations appears imminent", a senior Trump administration official said. Obviously it has to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law before it's a done deal.

Congressional Democrats have reasons to not compromise on the issue now, as they will gain greater influence after January 3, when the new Congress is seated. But Christmas would have to be addressed by Congress.

Q. Will workers get back pay when it's over? Government employees who perform the most essential services-such as military personnel on active duty, postal workers, prison guards and border security- will still be working.

What About Your Latest Paycheck?

Federal employees will receive checks for the December 9 to 22 biweekly pay period on time, no matter what happens in Congress, reported The Hill.

What Else Should I Know?

At Mesa Verde National Park, spokesperson Cristy Brown directed The Journal to email the National Park Service communications office in Washington for details on how a shutdown would affect the park.

420,000 employees will go without pay if government shuts down