Some departments, such as the Department of Defense, the State Department and the Department of Labor, need at least half a day to prepare for a shutdown.
The military is considered essential and would still report for duty. 然而, the troops — including those in combat — could potentially not be paid during a shutdown.
Also expected: If the shutdown continues through the weekend, many civilian Department of Defense employees might not be working, including instructors at military academies and maintenance contractors.
If the shutdown goes on for weeks, 多于 2.14 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay. The military is currently paid through February 1.
The shutdown would also affect the Bureau of Alcohol, 烟草, 枪械和炸药, meaning if you wanted a gun permit, you’ll have to wait until the shutdown is over.
Essential services, such as Social Security, air traffic control and the Transportation Security Administration, will continue to be funded even if some employees of those agencies are not.
And the US Postal Service won’t stop serving residents — expect your mail to continue through the weekend.
Members of Congress have to continue working to fund the government, especially considering they will continue to receive paychecks because it’s written into law.
, the shutdown especially affected residents of Washington
. 但是这次, Mayor Muriel Bowser has vowed that services in the city will continue
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2013 关掉. And if you’re planning to visit Washington
, 直流电, 这周末, the Smithsonian museums will remain open even if the government shuts down
White House press secretary Jen Psaki expressed confidence that Congress would resolve the issue of government funding ahead of Friday’s deadline and avert any shutdowns.
“That’s what we are working towards. 明显, it requires Congress to prevent that from happening, but we have every confidence they will move forward and prevent the government from shutting down,” Psaki told reporters Wednesday.