The government shutdown will mean big changes for military members and veterans

A US Park Police officer stand guard in front of the closed Lincoln Memorial during the 2013 government shutdown   Mark Wilson  Getty Images

Some other government benefit checks, such as unemployment payments, could get delayed, because the federal offices that issue them will at least partially shut down.

It's not that Washington politicians don't understand the human consequences of their delay and inability to compromise. Essential services will continue and workers will remain on the job, but they won't know when their next paycheck will arrive.

The military is considered essential to maintaining a functioning US government, meaning members of the military are still required to report to work during a shutdown. Military members get paid on the 1st and 15th, so if a shutdown continued through February 1, US troops would not get paid The entire federal government doesn't shut downIn 1981, the Office of Management and Budget identified three "excepted activities" that will continue regardless of a shutdown: those "authorized by law", those that "protect life and property" and those "necessary to begin phasing out of other activities". "During a funding gap, pay for congressional employees would not be disbursed if there is no appropriation to fund legislative branch activities", the CRS says.

DACA recipients are struggling through just their latest agonizing false dawn as they wait for Congress to act to make their status in the U.S. permanent - a step that has overwhelming public support. Much before that, there was one in 1978 too.

"It's a showdown, and what's at stake is folks who could be out of work", she said. There is still time for Congress to prevent a shutdown, but fixing the growing trend of budget uncertainty will take far more than one piece of legislation.

Central to the debate on Capitol Hill is a package to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

However, several local closures are planned if a shutdown occurs.

It is unconscionable that Congress can not get its act together and prevent this.

Dr Matthew Davis, a physician who's the head of academic general pediatrics at Northwestern University, said CHIP's vital role was in doubt.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asked about a possible shutdown while posing with Jordan's foreign minister for photographs at the department's headquarters, said: "We're ready if that's what happens". The Internal Revenue Service will likely furlough its employees, which means that tax refund you're waiting to get could be delayed and has before when government shutdowns occurred during tax season. Republicans are hesitant to protect Dreamers following Trump's objections, and funding for CHIP has been in and out of bills all week.

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Core functions of the federal government shut down Saturday morning for the first time since 2013 as both parties failed to strike an agreement on a short-term spending plan.

Republicans have a tenuous one-seat majority in the Senate but would have had to lure some Democrats to their side to get a 60-vote supermajority in the 100-member chamber for the motion.

"The states are going to be shutting down CHIP in days".

New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be immediately halted.

But don't we save money on labor costs with all the furloughs?

"This is like giving you a bowl of doggie-doo, put a cherry on top and call it a chocolate sundae". But this time around, Mayor Muriel Bowser vowed that services in the city will continue, unlike last time.

Bill Clinton oversaw two government shutdowns within the space of weeks in 1995. "#WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!" After all, Trump made fixing Washington a key rationale of his outsider run for office.

The 2013 shutdown was also frequently cited by McClintock's opponents in the 2014 and 2016 elections. A government shutdown has become the legislative equivalent of a reelection campaign rally with wildly enthusiastic crowds of supporters cheering every word.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, was largely credited as a major driver of the push that resulted in the previous shutdown and catapulted to becoming a favorite for his party's nomination in the 2016 presidential election before losing to Trump in the GOP primary.



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