What to Expect If Government Shuts Down

Mail and Social Security checks would be OK, and maybe the national parks on a limited basis
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2018 10:44 AM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2018 3:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The looming government shutdown has had one tangible effect so far: President Trump has put plans for a trip to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on hold, reports NBC News. "The President will not be going to Florida until the CR passes," the White House said, referring to a continuing resolution to keep the government open before a midnight deadline arrives. However, the likelihood of a deal shrank even more on Friday when Trump and Sen. Chuck Schumer failed to strike an agreement at an afternoon White House meeting, reports USA Today. Trump had been planning to leave Friday to attend an anniversary bash on Saturday at Mar-a-Lago, a celebration of his first year in office, reports Bloomberg. More on the shutdown, and its potential effects on everyday life:

  • Prospects: Things are "dicey at best" in terms of a deal, with Politico seeing a "seemingly intractable impasse" in the Senate. One huge sticking point is that Democrats want any spending plan to include protections for about 700,000 young "Dreamer" immigrants. Still, talks were continuing, and it's possible the Senate could take some kind of action Friday to avoid the shutdown, if only for the short term.
  • The effects: You'll still get mail if the government shuts down, and Social Security recipients will still get their checks. Air traffic controllers and the TSA would stay on the job, so air travel shouldn't be greatly affected, explains USA Today. But services deemed "non-essential" would suffer—for example, those waiting on a passport might be out of luck. The AP has a video primer.

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