U.S. govt shutdown set to last through X'mas

How a partial government shutdown could play out: By the numbers

On Thursday, the lame duck session of the House of Representatives concluded with a 215-177 near-party line vote on a new version of the continuing resolution, with $5.7 billion for the wall, even more than the $5 billion Trump was demanding. Democrats put the blame squarely on Trump for refusing to back down on his demand for the wall.

Correctional officers, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, U.S. Marshals, TSA employees, Border Patrol officers, Coast Guard employees, Forest Service firefighters and Weather Service forecasters are all expected to continue working without pay.

"NASA still is evaluating how it would be affected by a lapse of government funding after December 21", Megan Powers, a NASA press secretary, said in an email in response to a request for comment from CNN, adding, "In previous shutdowns, we have maintained personnel to support the International Space Station and its crew, and now operating space missions, such as satellites, spacecraft, landers, rovers, to ensure they're safe and secure". And so far, there is still no agreement to resolve the standoff and re-open the government.

Some agencies, and thus the employees working in them, are "exempt" from a shutdown because they do not get their funding through the congressional appropriations process.

And Trump has warned that a closure could drag on "for a very long time".

Nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies would face a lapse in funding, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture and State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests. But those funds can not go to the construction of a border wall. A spokesperson for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said the federal judiciary could remain open for about three weeks with existing funds.

A shutdown "portends a hard set of negotiations going into the debt ceiling, which can be much more problematic than a shutdown for the faith and credit of the United States economy", Christopher Campbell, a former assistant secretary for financial institutions at the Treasury Department who left this year, said Friday. "So they have offered us $1.3 billion to build the barrier that we want - but then they go on TV and say there's no money for the wall", he said.

Federal courts and the Supreme Court will continue to operate using fees and other fund balances in the short term.

An administration official told CNN prior to the shutdown began that "a majority of DHS activities would continue" if there were a lapse in appropriations. Transportation Security Administration officers will continue to man airport checkpoints.

The FAA released a statement saying that "air traffic control is fully operational and there is no impact to safety or FAA oversight for travelers".

US Customs and Border Protection checkpoints will remain open for global travelers, and the State Department will also continue processing passports.

Imagine Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn having such a row in the Commons that it led to hundreds of thousands of public sector workers being told to go home without any pay.

How many federal workers will be impacted? More than 420,000 employees will be required to work without pay and an additional 380,000 would be sent home, according to a fact sheet compiled by Senate Democrat staffers. Those employees do not include most of the Federal Aviation Administration, where 24,200 will be working, or the Federal Highway Administration, where all 2,700 employees are funded through other sources.

An estimated 800,000 federal employees may be impacted by the partial shutdown, either by having to work during it while their pay is withheld until it ends or by being furloughed.

Meanwhile, more than 380,000 employees will be furloughed - including almost all of NASA and Housing and Urban Development and 41,000 Commerce Department employees.

Lawmakers adjourned last-minute talks on Friday evening.

Senate leadership had projected confidence on Wednesday that Trump would sign seven-week funding measure that they passed as long as it was "clean". Bring your Federal government employee ID with you for proof!



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