What happens if the government shuts down?

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Congress would have to approve paying them retroactively, as it has during past shutdowns. But those who work at national parks, monuments, or museums, as well as those who process visas and passports and maintain government websites would be among those affected.

Will lawmakers close their offices?

Samuels says the federal E-verify program, which business owners use to check the immigration status of prospective employees, would also likely shut down.

January 19, 2018 -Congress has until midnight to pass a budget or risk a government shutdown.

Many, though not all, federal government functions are frozen, and many, though not all, federal employees are furloughed. Most of these shutdowns were short-lived.

Thousands of intelligence agency workers would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea's nuclear program remains high. Other activities that may stop if the shutdown lasts more than a few days include the processing of applications for passports and visas; new enrollments in experimental treatments under the National Institutes for Health; and the maintenance of USA government websites, including ones used by businesses and researchers. And military veterans would watch helplessly as the processing of their disability claims came to a halt.

Although the government won't completely close, shutdowns can have dramatic impacts as jobs are left unattended, according to J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees. "That same fixation has them threatening to filibuster funding for the government". In reality, employees have been paid retroactively in all 12 government shutdowns that have occurred since 1981.

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Active duty military personnel are not furloughed during a such down and "essential services" such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security continue.

If there is no agreement in the Senate, the federal government will enter into a partial shutdown at midnight.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Friday morning put the chances of a shutdown at "between 50 and 60 percent".

"The Democrats want to see a shutdown to get off this subject, because this subject is not working for them", the president said. In fact, "Nobody in the (IRS) Washington office is going to be at work if there's a shutdown", he said. Other programs like E-Verify, that checks whether an employee is authorized to work in the country, would be suspended. New Jersey officially has nine of them, though trails and other areas that cover several states also include New Jersey.

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

This would be the first time that the government shut down under one-party control since the aforementioned 1979 shutdown under former President Jimmy Carter.

How did we get here this time?

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"Non-essential" federal agencies and workers. It will be up to Congress to approve retroactive pay later.

National parks will be shuttered.

In the past, military families about to make a permanent change of station(PCS) move or troops preparing for temporary travel (TDY) were told that their travel would be on hold until after the shutdown.

Will federal workers stay on the job?

New Jersey's Congressional delegation will continue to be paid.

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