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Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

U.S. authorities shutdown: Congress fails to beat standoff over spending, immigration

U.S. authorities shutdown: Congress fails to beat standoff over spending, immigration

In the meantime, government agencies that should be focusing on the work of the taxpayers are in the midst of shutdown planning. Or if a solution is found over the weekend, the effects would be minimal.

Winston Churchill once said, "We can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities". It adds to the lack of credibility of the Congress, but not much else.

Customs and border patrols are considered "essential", so those agents will still be on the job, though, again, without pay until the shutdown has concluded.

The shutdown is also affecting offices on Capitol Hill.

If Congress does reach a deal in the next day or two, it's not going to be a deal to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. The latest extension expired midnight on Friday, January 19. There was serious fallout from that government shut down. But it is not really a shutdown.

"Entitlement programs" such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other such programs for which funding is automatically available without Congress's annual budget approval, continue unaffected. "DC government will continue to provide services to our residents, the services they expect and deserve, uninterrupted". The man, who declined to give his name, had come in to stop a stem-cell experiment created to determine the cause of a disease that affects facial bones.

"Essential" services also include Social Security and the Transportation Security Administration. The Treasury will continue functioning.

Military families could see a strain on their household budgets since commissaries - cheap grocery stores on base - were shut down in 2013 after staying open an extra day to sell perishable food (overseas commissaries remained open, however).

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As far as national security is concerned, the branches of the military now serving are considered "essential" and will continue their operations around the world, but soldiers will not be paid until after the shutdown ends. All 1.3 million military personnel on active duty would remain on normal duty status. Last night Congress demonstrated that it would rather play political games than give millions of Americans, many of whom live in Virginia, the certainty they deserve about their paychecks, their health care and many other important issues.

Don Beyer (D) and Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanNavy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions Air Force One is Trump's new boardroom 355-ship Navy not a must under Trump's secretary nominee MORE (R) introduced a bill Thursday that would guarantee back pay for federal workers affected by a possible furlough in the event of a government shutdown.

Excepted employees (those who will continue working regardless of the shutdown) will automatically be paid after the shutdown ends.

Key government services will not be interrupted. Boyd expressed concern that a government shutdown could hurt his fellow vets. It is all about politics and the efforts of the political parties to get their way on specific legislation-both budgetary and loosely related to the budget-and to make the opposing political party look bad. Among leading battles, Republicans want to ensure funding for higher defense caps for defense and military readiness.

So, who is not affected by a government shutdown?

In opinion polls, public approval of Congress is abysmally low; no wonder.

Though a government shutdown is not entirely unprecedented as there have been 12 shutdowns in total since 1981, it is rare and a painful occurrence affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees.

"I was furloughed once in 1995, and I think the first time it happens you're surprised, but it appears to be part of the process", said a government contractor from Winthrop who identified himself as Jeff. We also do not do them because of the political firestorm it would create.

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