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Government Shut Down

February 25, 2011 by USA Post 

Government Shut Down, (AP) – Social Security checks would still come out. The troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers would likely be paid, but not later. And almost all key government agencies like the FBI, the Border Patrol and Coast Guard, remains open. It is the little known truth to a stop government. The government does not stop. And it will not be on March 5, even if the fighters on Capitol Hill cannot resolve the differences enough to pass a spending bill to fund the government stopgap while they hash to the legislation to cover the last seven months budget year.

Less than half of the .1 million federal employees subject to a ruling would be forced to leave the job if the Obama administration has followed the path taken by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and Bill Clinton. And that’s not counting the 600,000 Postal Service employees or .6 million uniformed military exempt from arrest. So we’re talking less than one in four federal stay home. Many federal workers paid on March, so it would take off two weeks for them to see a delay in their salary.

The rules for who works and who does not date from the early s and have not been significantly amended since. The Obama administration has not issued new guidelines. The system of air traffic control, food inspection, health insurance, health care for veterans and many other essential government programs would go as usual. The Social Security Administration would not only send advantages, but will continue to receive requests. The Postal Service, which is self-funded, keeps mail delivery. The federal courts remain open.

The cherry blossoms bloom in Washington would be as usual, and visitors to the city would be able to park and see them in all their glory around the Tidal Basin.

But they would not be able to take the elevator to the Washington Monument, visit museums along the National Mall or tour the White House. National parks would be closed to visitors, a loss often emphasized in discussions of arrest.

The Capitol will remain open. Congress is considered essential, despite his disastrous poll ratings.

The IRS would not answer his taxpayer hotline – at the height of the filing season. Under previous IRS, the agency process tax returns that contain payments. But people have to wait for refunds.

All parties say they do not want a shutdown called as two separate partial government shutdowns in 1995-1996, when President Clinton and a then-new GOP majority in Congress have disagreed on the budget. Republicans have more political responsibility, and the episodes have Clinton decisive impulse on the way to reelection.

There have been no cases since then. Policy stinks.

But from a practical standpoint, closures are generally not a big problem. They happened every year, when Jimmy Carter was president, an average of 11 days each. During President Reagan’s two terms, there were six stops, usually one or two days each. Deals were cut. Everyone changed.

In 1995-96, however, the closure has turned into political warfare, to the chagrin of Republicans who thought they could use it to drag Clinton at the table of negotiations on a balanced budget plan.

Republicans have a great political success, but a collection of other difficulties experienced reads like a list of relatively minor inconveniences for most Americans: the parks closed, delays in processing passport applications, 400 workers cleaning toxic waste sites sent home, and a short delay in the claims processing of veterans. ” A new government standard for lighting and light has been delayed.

To be sure, permissions can be a major constraint for federal government workers. Even those jobs essential – and must work – could see their wages delayed if an impasse dragged on.

Lawmakers, however, usually provide back pay, even for employees who are not required to work. A repeat of that could hackles with some members of the House freshman class tea party backed by the GOP. A spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, would not address whether the furloughed federal workers receive back pay if a decision yet.

Nevertheless, federal contractors would lose. Many contract workers could be placed on leave without pay and not receive retroactive wage loss, particularly a prolonged shutdown.

Under a protocol establishing a precedent by Reagan’s chief budget David Stockman, the federal government workers are exempt from furloughs, if their jobs are related to national security or if they engage in essential activities that “protect life and property. ”

In 1995, this meant that employees of the Department of Defense civilians 571,000, some 69 per cent, remained in office, while 258,000 other workers in the Pentagon have been placed on leave. Eighty-five per cent of employees in the administration of veterans went to work as percent of workers Department of Transportation.

But a handful of employees Environmental Protection Agency and only percent of NASA workers were on the job, according to figures from the Clinton administration.

This year, NASA faced widespread permissions suggest a decision could interrupt the preparations for space shuttle flights in the spring – although the “life and property” rules would almost certainly be invoked for the space shuttle Discovery could land as scheduled on March 7. He took off Thursday afternoon.

Only 4 percent of employees of the Department of Housing and Urban Development went to work in the 1995 arrest, and that percent of employees of the Department of Education. The National Archives is completely closed, as is the little Selective Service System.

Then there is Social Security. Current beneficiaries need not worry; their payments would not be affected. And since the most recent precedent of the Clinton administration, those eligible to claim benefits would be able to do so.

During the first stop in 1995, the Social Security Administration initially placed on leave percent of its workers and shut down the registration of new beneficiaries. But it backtracked in the second and held off 50,000 more workers on the job.

If the federal government is shut down for several days, the Census Bureau could miss its deadline of April 1st by law to provide data to the 2010 redistricting States. The office is currently verifying its consistent population, which is broken down by race and ethnicity at the neighborhood level, for many states.

By the deadline of March 4, the Bureau expects it will have distributed information about approximately half the states, with large states like California, New York and Florida potentially left open if the Government closes its doors.

Associated Press writer Hope Yen contributed to this report.

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