A look at past U.S. government shutdowns

The good news among all the bad news is that much of the federal government will continue to operate in the event of a shutdown. This legislation sends a clear signal to our federal workers that they will not be harmed in the unfortunate event of a shutdown.

The military gets paid on the 1st and 15th of every month.

Those among the 43,000 service members at Camp Pendleton who are on active duty will continue working, though they would not receive pay for their work during the shutdown until Congress passes a spending measure, according to a Department of Defense memo.

Social Security: Those checks will continue to be mailed out in what is a largely automated process. "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding". That gives members of Congress quite a bit of leeway.

But you could run into trouble if you need to quickly replace a passport.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asked about a possible shutdown while posing with Jordan's foreign minister for photographs at the department's headquarters, said: "We're ready if that's what happens". But if the stalemate drags on, your application could be delayed.

19 Smithsonian museums will be closed.

Regardless of how the shutdown is announced to park staff, Doughman said signs are placed on the doors of the visitor's center, 401 S. Second St., and announcements are posted to their Facebook page to alert the public that the building is closed. 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.

Services that require staffing and maintenance; such as campgrounds, full service restrooms and concessions; will not be operating during the potential shutdown.

"The reason [the shutdown] ends up costing us money is that a lot of things don't get done during that shutdown", Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget told Marketplace past year. The list of essential departments and workers includes the Transportation Security Administration, which continued to screen baggage; the U.S. Postal Service, which continued delivering mail; air traffic controllers; emergency and disaster relief officials; border patrol agents, and most other law enforcement officials. That meant closing on-base grocery stores and even furloughing civilians who work in military hospitals.

You can also travel by train.

"If they can't reach an agreement, then the plan is we'll most likely cancel drill", said Lt. Col. Kevin Hynes. If it happens again, the delay could bring Congress dangerously close to clouding Trump's State of the Union.

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.

"Contrary to popular belief, most federal employees live paycheck to paycheck, so it's been a very stressful situation for them", said Michael Castelle with the American Federation of Government Employees. "I'm joining Republicans and Democrats who are calling on Leader McConnell to keep the government open and allow us to pass a solution that gives OH businesses, military installations and families the certainty they deserve", said Brown.

After 2013's shutdown, federal workers received back pay.

  • Joanne Flowers