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Here's what would, and wouldn't, happen during a government shutdown

Here's what would, and wouldn't, happen during a government shutdown

"Marylanders are sick and exhausted of Washington's dysfunctional blame games", Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R, said in a statement, echoing - but in a bipartisan way - Democrats in the state legislature who earlier in the week sent a letter to President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in Congress declaring: "Enough is Enough". But past shutdowns have demonstrated that the opposite is true ― these interruptions are actually quite expensive, both for government and the broader economy.

In a shutdown, "people realize pretty quickly all the things we rely on the federal government for", said Ian Hoffman, an official for the American Federation of Government Employees who covers Oregon, Nevada and Northern California. The policies in the House passed funding bill were all policies that have bipartisan agreement. It had more than 800,000 names on it back in October 2013 during the last shutdown. I " I don't think it's overwhelming, but I think it passes".

Furloughed federal workers will receive back pay once the shutdown ends. But there are notable exceptions, such as national parks.

Patrolling of the 8,891 km US-Canada border was then left to one person only because of the crunch.

Federal workers in 2013 who were deemed "essential" reported to work but went without paychecks until Congress later approved the money.

The funding for federal government operations ended at 11:59 p.m.

►Second, the extreme gerrymandering of congressional districts that occurred after the 2010 Census severely limited the need for incumbents to expand their appeal beyond their base. Much before that, there was one in 1978 too. "What a shutdown does is you spend a lot of time planning and recovering from a shutdown", Pekoske said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a sustained funding impasse would cause ships to go without maintenance and aircraft to be grounded. These resulted in mostly half-day layoffs of federal workers. Under its shutdown contingency plan, about 95,000 of the department's nearly 115,000 staff would keep working.

But the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which police financial markets, could be hit. Civilian personnel in non-essential operations would be furloughed.

WHITE HOUSE: More than 1,000 of the 1,715 staff at the White House would be furloughed, the Trump administration said on Friday.

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The national park service says parks and memorials at the nation's capitol will remain open.

Access to Mount Rainier National Park will be free during the government shutdown, but the experience will be different than usual inside the park, said acting superintendent Tracy Swartout. The Smithsonian Institution's museums in Washington and the National Zoo are expected to remain open for the weekend but will close on Monday if the government remains shut. Approximately 87 percent of Internal Revenue Service employees are furloughed, while less than 20 percent of the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service face temporary leave. About $4-B in tax refunds were delayed as a result, according to the Office of Management and Budget, or OMB. Some federal employees, such as military, air traffic controllers, and firefighters battling the Rim Fire, remained on duty because they were considered essential services.

This whole shutdown process is a relatively recent phenomenon.

COURTS: The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has said federal courts, including the Supreme Court, could continue to operate normally for about three weeks without additional funding.

HEALTHCARE: Sign-ups for the newly created Obamacare health insurance exchanges began as scheduled in 2013. Health Patients in the National Institutes of Health would continue to be treated. A program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track flu outbreaks was temporarily halted in 2013.

CHILDREN: Six Head Start programs in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and SC serving about 6,300 children shut for nine days in 2013, the OMB said.

VETERANS: Department of Veterans Affairs services continued, including the operation of VA hospitals.

On the other hand, certain benefits and organizations will not be impacted.