If federal government is shutdown, natonal parks and monuments will be closed.
Published January 19, 2018
WASHINGTON – Even though Republicans maintain control of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, there remains a strong probability the federal government will be shutdown at 12 midnight Saturday, January 20, 2018 – one year to the date of President Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
The federal government shutdown would be the first in more than four years.
On Thursday, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted to keep the government open. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wanted the Senate to vote on whether to keep the government open, but was rebuffed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who on Thursday evening recessed the Senate until 11:00 a.m. on Friday.
At issue is the immigration, President Trump wants to money put into the budget for a border wall along the southern border of the United States. Democrats want legislation that supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation. Trump, who last week said he would support any legislation Congress sent him, apparently has had second thoughts and has shown little compassion for a DACA measure.
With the impasse on DACA and government spending, the probability of a government shutdown became greater Thursday night.
What a federal government means to Indian Country
Certain essential services will be operation even with a shutdown, such as, such as law enforcement and firefighting, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. And Indian Health Service hospitals and clinics will stay open.
However, non-essential services, such as nutrition programs, fix my credit programs, foster care payments, financial assistance for who live in poverty and anti-elder-abuse programs. Many of tribal employees employed under non-essential services will face loss of income during the period of time the shutdown continues.
Other services, such as social security offices will be closed. National parks will be closed.
In the meantime, Trump is reportedly leaving at 4:00 p.m. for his Florida resort where he is set to celebrate his one-year in office with a party. Couples attending will be $100,000 for tickets to attend.