You'll be out of luck if your upcoming vacation plans include a stop at any National Park or other treasured federal site.
While negotiations on a temporary spending bill, called a continuing resolution, are ongoing, House Republican leaders said late Wednesday that they lacked the votes to prevent a shutdown, but that they are pressing members to back Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), on the temporary spending bill. Federal courts may stay open, but cases have been suspended during past shutdowns.
What happens if they don't find a deal?
There have been 18 government shutdowns since the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976.
The IRS, for example, is expected to furlough 87% of its workers, which means most of the agency's programs will be shuttered.
Federal workers deemed "essential" are still on the job, and key government functions - such as national security operations and law enforcement work - remain up and running.
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All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums. Services that require staffing and maintenance, such as campgrounds, full service restrooms, and concessions that require some park staff or assistance will not be operating.
"We need to find things we bipartisanly agree on", said OH sen. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the national parks would be open this time, especially if services are provided by third parties. Veterans hospitals would remain open and operational. It has said in the past it would be able to continue operations temporarily during a shutdown.
"The Texas Workforce Commission is monitoring the events in Washington D.C. regarding a possible federal government shutdown, and should this occur, we will do everything we can with available resources to ensure that we maintain services to the job seekers and employers of Texas", said TWC spokeswoman Lisa Givens.
But a separate branch of the VA that assesses disability claims would be affected by a shutdown.
"There are more claims coming in every day".
Check the legal work status of an employee: The E-Verify system allows employers across the country to check on immigration status, but it's a federal website, which means it would be shut down.
Will the Federal Emergency Management Agency stay open to continue supporting recovery in California, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas?
Jeff Graham wanted to hike in the Smoky National Park this weekend, but changed his mind with the looming shutdown, deciding instead to visit a state park.
"The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching", McConnell said.
Before getting to what federal services will be affected by a shutdown, we want to note that there are several that will not be affected. They don't expect an interruption.
"Non-essential" federal agencies and workers.
As Congress races towards yet another shutdown deadline at the end of the week, federal employees who would be furloughed are likely wondering if they would get paid for lost time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas has almost 200,000 federal employees, fourth in the nation behind California, Virginia and Maryland.
The employees in these departments will be placed on "furlough". The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever. "We are telling our members this shutdown looks like it's going to be real".