U.S. government shutdown would impact 800000 federal employees
- Author: Zachary Reyes Dec 22, 2018,
Dec 22, 2018, 19:41
But then-amid an outcry of anger from his right-wing supporters, including Fox News and Rush Limbaugh-Trump told outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Thursday that he would veto any spending bill that did not include funding for his wall.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Cambridge Democrat, called out Trump for saying before the shutdown that he would be "proud" to close down the government rather than give in on funding for a border wall.
What does a partial government shutdown mean?
"The upshot is that a shutdown, even if it lasted for a week or more, would have only a very modest impact on first-quarter GDP growth, subtracting perhaps a few tenths at most", Paul Ashworth, chief US economist of Capital Economics, wrote in a note earlier this year. The Census schedule includes a report on new-home sales December 27, the advance-goods trade balance and inventories on December 28 and construction spending January 3.
According to a research memo prepared by congressional Democrats, roughly 800,000 federal employees would be affected by the shutdown. Members of Congress, though, are paid during a shutdown.
Sen. Brian Schatz: "Our federal workers shouldn't suffer because the President and Republicans in Congress don't know how to govern".
Meanwhile, more than 380,000 employees will be furloughed - including almost all of NASA and Housing and Urban Development and 41,000 Commerce Department employees. Since 1976, there have been 20 government shutdowns. During past shutdowns, these employees who've been deemed essential have been paid for their service, but not until a later date.
That includes the departments of defense, labor, health and human services, education, veterans' affairs, and energy.
Routine inspections for food safety would stop, namely for pharmaceutical and plant food testing. But the most immediate impact would be felt by the vast numbers of workers who would have to do without a paycheck until the impasse ends.
Employees are also concerned about a potential pay freeze given Mr. Trump's fiscal 2019 budget proposal.
Most of the National Science Foundation would close down, and NASA would furlough 16,700 employees - accounting for 96 percent of its staff.
The park service statement offered, as an example of what would not be open, "a gift shop inside a visitors center would not be open because a park ranger would not be available to unlock the visitors center or to staff the visitors center". Cabin rentals will continue at recreation.gov according to the Forest Service's plan, and anyone who has a remote cabin rental during the shutdown should not be affected.
Essential services won't be interrupted. Passport offices physically located inside another agency's building would temporarily close if it is shuttered.
But that version of the bill was derailed soon after facing internal opposition.
Air traffic control would continue working but leaving the country could become hard in the months ahead as the State Department would stop issuing or renewing passports.
"This time of year is the most remarkable time of year to experience it because the snow against that red rock is just breathtaking", she said in a telephone interview. But data published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, including new home sales and advance goods trade balance, is likely to be delayed by the shutdown.
If the federal government goes into a partial government shutdown late Friday, the impact in South Florida will be felt, but in a limited way.
Since consumer spending makes up about 70 percent of economic activity in the United States, withholding pay from even some government workers could introduce a significant economic speed bump in the short run.