Government shutdown: what's impacted in Oklahoma

Government shutdown: what's impacted in Oklahoma

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The clock you hear is the countdown to the first government shutdown in 17 years. As congressional leaders argue back and forth over amendments added to a deal to keep the government running, it will impact your day-to-day life.

The government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 cost $1.4 billion. If the one that's forecasted to start at 11:01 CT goes into effect, it could cost billions more.

So what's impacted by the shutdown and what's not? Here's a breakdown:

1. The Oklahoma City Memorial

If you're wanting to go pay respects to the 168 people killed in April, 1995, the Memorial is still open. According to the Memorial, operations will continue as normal because the Memorial does not receive any annual federal funding.

2. Passports

Are you leaving the country soon but still don't have a passport? You can still get one but you need to hurry. The State Department has some funds set aside but they won't last forever.

3. Travel Security

Domestic travel plans won't be impacted. According to the Transportation Security Administration, security personnel and air-traffic controllers are determined to be necessary employees and won't be furloughed.

4. Tinker Air Force Base

Military personnel would remain on regular duty status but some civilian personnel will be furloughed. In the event of a shutdown, employees are still required to arrive at work Tuesday morning at their usual time. There, they'll be given instructions based on their position with Tinker AFB.

5. Guns and ammunition

If you've got a hunting trip planned, you better have bought the needs before Monday night; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will be closed if a shutdown happens. Which means if you're awaiting a gun permit to be approved, you're out of luck.

6. Loans

If you've got a small business and need a federal loan, you'll be waiting. If you're on the verge of buying a home and need a federal loan, you'll be waiting, too.

7. Social Security

If you collect social security, you may not have to worry. Payments were sent during the previous shutdown in the 1990s and President Obama is expected to keep workers on the payroll to process checks.

8. DHS

Mark K. Beutler, M.Ed. - OKDHS Office of Communications, said programs like food stamps and foster programs operate with reimbursements. As of now, there is not expected to be an effect but they'll be watching the shutdown closely.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, could shut down. The program provides supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for pregnant women, mothers and their children.

School lunches and breakfasts would continue to be served, and food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.

9. Federal Courts

Federal courts would continue operating normally for about 10 business days after the start of a shutdown, roughly until the middle of October. If the shutdown continues, the judiciary would have to begin furloughs of employees whose work is not considered essential. But cases would continue to be heard.

10. Mail

Deliveries would continue as usual because the U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations. It relies on income from stamps and other postal fees to keep running.

11. Recreation

All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo in Washington. Visitors using overnight campgrounds or other park facilities would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park. Among the visitor centers that would be closed: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Alcatraz Island near San Francisco and the Washington Monument.

12. Health

New patients would not be accepted into clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, but current patients would continue to receive care. Medical research at the NIH would be disrupted and some studies would be delayed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be severely limited in spotting or investigating disease outbreaks, from flu to that mysterious MERS virus from the Middle East.

13. Food Safety

The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls suspend most routine safety inspections. Federal meat inspections would be expected to proceed as usual.

14. Head Start

A small number of Head Start programs, about 20 out of 1,600 nationally, would feel the impact right away. The federal Administration for Children and Families says grants expiring about Oct. 1 would not be renewed. Over time more programs would be affected. Several of the Head Start programs that would immediately feel the pinch are in Florida. It's unclear if they would continue serving children.

15. Taxes

Americans would still have to pay their taxes and file federal tax returns, but the Internal Revenue Service says it would suspend all audits. Got questions? Sorry, the IRS says taxpayer services, including toll-free help lines, would be shut as well.

18. Science

NASA will continue to keep workers at Mission Control in Houston and elsewhere to support the International Space station, where two Americans and four others are deployed. The National Weather Service would keep forecasting weather and issuing warnings and the National Hurricane Center would continue to track storms. The scientific work of the U.S. Geological Survey would be halted.

19. Homeland Security

The majority of the Department of Homeland Security's employees are expected to stay on the job, including uniformed agents and officers at the country's borders and ports of entry, members of the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration officers, Secret Service personnel and other law enforcement agents and officers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees would continue to process green card applications.

20. Military

The military's 1.4 million active duty personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed. About half of the Defense Department's civilian employees would be furloughed.

21. Prisons

All 116 federal prisons would remain open, and criminal litigation would proceed.

22. Veterans Services

Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue because lawmakers approve money one year in advance for the VA's health programs. Veterans would still be able to visit hospitals for inpatient care, get mental health counseling at vet centers or get prescriptions filled at VA health clinics. Operators would still staff the crisis hotline and claims workers would still process payments to cover disability and pension benefits. But those veterans appealing the denial of disability benefits to the Board of Veterans Appeals will have to wait longer for a decision because the board would not issue any decisions during a shutdown.

23. Work safety

Federal occupational safety and health inspectors would stop workplace inspections except in cases of imminent danger.

 

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