USA shutdown would idle vast workforce but not military or Mueller probe

The Capitol late Friday night

However, at Fort Hood some civilian workers were put on furlough and many services on the post were either shutdown or scaled back in 2013. A small number of employees would be allowed to continue for emergency essential activity and very specific investigative work.

The fight over a border wall, the fate of almost 800,000 DACA recipients, and the wrangling over the funding of an insurance program for children could force a US government shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass legislation that would keep the government up and running.

Lawmakers have until Friday at midnight to pass legislation to avert a government shutdown. Disagreements over DACA and other immigration priorities continue to divide the Congress, and the potential shutdown is being used as leverage.

"It is sending quite frankly very troubling signals to our allies and the world in general", he said.

Partial shutdowns can be expensive, too.

The Trump administration is supporting back pay for federal employees set to be furloughed during a government shutdown, making the announcement just hours before a deadline for Congress to act to keep agencies open.

Nope, not according to the Office of Personnel Management, which says that unless workers are authorized by law, they can't volunteer their services during a shutdown.

That means if a shutdown starts January 19 and stretches into the next several weeks, troops' February 1 pay will be delayed.

According to tentative plans, national parks and museums will remain open, but some public employees at the parks could be furloughed while private contractors, who supply food and other services, will maintain operations. These affected employees included both those who were asked to work without pay and those who were furloughed.

Juan Escalante, a DACA beneficiary who works for the America's Voice immigration reform advocacy group, says the emotional trauma of watching Washington's twists and turns is becoming nearly too much to bear.

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The Republican architects of the tax law have promised that millions of working Americans will see heftier paychecks next month, with less money withheld by employers in anticipation of lower income taxes. IRS Assistance Centers would also close. "I don't think it's overwhelming, but I think it passes".

"We will be prepared for all contingencies, including of a lapse" in funding, Nauert said.

What happens when the government "shuts down?" After all, they claim, truly shutting down the government would create so much pressure on Congress that Democrats and Republicans would stop being Democrats and Republicans for a day and do the job we sent them to Washington to do. That could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they point the finger at Republicans instead. But there's no guarantee they'll achieve success, and, even then, it will be temporary.

Trump has blamed Democrats for the shutdown and argued it will be "devastating to our military", though members of the military are largely exempt from shutdowns as they are considered essential services.

The Federal Aviation Administration represents the majority - 45,000 - of the Department of Transportation's more than 58,000 employees.

Air and rail travelers did not feel a big impact because security officers and air traffic controllers remained at work. "We will not open Monday and will not reopen until federal funding is available", a Smithsonian spokeswoman said in a statement. The fund's revenue comes from federal gas and diesel taxes, which would continue to be collected. They have to decide what work continues and what stops.

Here's a look at how the shutdown might affect you and the government services you use.

As of Thursday, leaders at federal agencies said they're still hoping lawmakers can overcome differences to keep their doors open after this weekend.

A shutdown could mean interrupting research that's been going on for years, Fauci said.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box", said it's "unusual that you have this kind of opposition when there's nothing objectionable there".

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