The Government Shutdown – Will It Affect You In Amarillo?
With the government shutdown, you might be wondering what might be affected in our area. Here is a short list of what is affected nationally and some of the local services.
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Federal Employees - 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed and will not be paid.
US Military - 1.4 million active duty will stay active, but face delayed payment.
Food Programs - WIC, which provides food to low income pregnant and new mothers will not be funded.
Public Health - The CDD faces reduced ability to detect and treat outbreaks.
Animals - Federal zoos are shut down, while the animals are still being cared for.
Science - NASA will furlough almost all of its employees, but will keep Mission Control operational to support those in the International Space Station.
Travel & Tourism - Federal parks are closed while state parks remain open. Federal air traffic controllers are still on the job. State department will still continue processing Travel Visas and Passports.
Courts - Federal courts will continue operation for 10 days after the shutdown. Beyond that point, employee furloughs will begin for those who are considered "non-essential" employees.
Mail - Deliveries will continue as normal.
Homeland Security - These employees will stay on the job.
Veterans Services - These services will remain because lawmakers approve funding a year in advance.