The government is closed – possibly for a “very long shutdown” according to President Donald Trump – but will it make a difference in your life?
The answer? It depends.
If you’re among the 800,000 government employees who are not deemed “essential,” you will feel the effects of the shutdown: You will either be furloughed or forced to work without pay until the standoff is resolved.
The shutdown, which began at midnight Saturday when Congress couldn’t agree on a spending plan that included $5 billion for Trump’s border wall, affects nine departments: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development, as well as several agencies. Six departments had budgets approved earlier.
What won’t be affected by the shutdown?
Flights. Air-traffic controllers and security officers still will be on the job even though the shutdown has begun.
Amtrak. The trains are run by a government-owned