Federal Government Shutdown To Impact Services

By Jon Delano, KDKA Politics Editor

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Whether we like it or not, most of us are impacted by the federal government, so when it shuts down because Congress and the President cannot agree on how much to fund government services, average citizens may be affected.

Expecting a tax refund? Count on a delay. Tax returns are still due April 18th, but the IRS will not be fully staffed to process your returns.

Need assistance at the local Social Security office? Not likely. While Social Security checks will still be mailed out on time to current recipients, new applicants for that key program and disability programs will have no one to sign them up.

And if you have a trip planned out of the country and need a passport, forget it. The passport and visa office will be shut down.

Federal parks and museums like the Smithsonian in Washington, DC will also close their doors.

If you are among the thousands laid off from work and collecting federal unemployment benefits, those payments could be disrupted if the shut-down lasts.

Hoping to buy a house with a low-interest rate because of federal home loan guarantees? That, too, could be delayed.

Need some quick medical help? Don’t call the Centers for Disease Control or federal health hotlines. No one may answer.

Even the National Weather Service may have to shutter its windows, not for storms, but for lack of funding
The law does allow some federal workers to keep working, those “performing emergency work involving the safety of human life.”

That includes air traffic controllers and TSA agents at the airport; FBI, prison guards, and key law enforcement officials; veterans hospitals for emergencies but not outpatient services; federal courts, at least the criminal cases; and the US Postal Service, which is self-funded.

And, expect our men and women in the armed services, to stay on the job.

After UPMC, the federal government is the largest single employer in this region.

During the last shut-down in 1986 which lasted three weeks, Congress paid the 800,000 federal workers their lost pay. No one knows if that will happen this time.

How long could this shut-down last? It will last until Republicans and Democrats reach a compromise on federal spending.

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One Comment

  1. INDEPENDENTS ROCK says:

    I NOTICED MY POST DID NOT GO UP BECAUSE OF LIBERAL CBS

  2. INDEPENDENTS ROCK says:

    THE COMMUNISTS ARE TRYING TO SCARE EVERYONE BY SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OH BOO HOO.

  3. tocchet says:

    worst president of all time obama

  4. Chico Lind says:

    Republican congress, folks.

    1. John says:

      Umm, and the other half are Democrats, folks.

    2. Don't tread on me says:

      The budget was to be passed in 2010 so democrat controlled congress folks. Just saying. If they didn’t procrastinate and gamble it on the midterm election we wouldn’t be dealing with this now. Too bad the democrats waited I’d say vote em out but yeah done and done.

    3. Mommy says:

      You need to get an education. The Repubs only have the House. The Dems still control the Senate & the office of the President. Wake up. And it’s Democrat wasteful spending that got us into this mess.

  5. John says:

    We still have to file our taxes on time, even though they won’t be there to accept them. Yea, typical govt….and they wonder why we HATE them.

  6. Dan J says:

    Whatever agreement is reached, it MUST stipulate no spending of money that they don’t have. We can NOT continue to go further into debt.

  7. INDEPENDENTS ROCK says:

    OBAMA JR. I SEEN YOU ON TV TRYING TO DO YOUR SCARE TACTICS.
    REMEMBER LAST YEAR 2012 YOU AND YOUR THUGS ARE GOING TO BE GONE
    QUIT PLAYIN US GIRLY BOY

  8. 2059 says:

    The 2012 Elections will be another OBAMA slaughter of the Republicans and Tea Party, YOU FOOLS CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.

    1. mcoville says:

      I guess you missed November 2010. Biggest house and senate swing in decades, and we will be back in 2012.

      No way will Americans send this socialist back to the white house.

  9. mary says:

    When we went to the polls and elected these people it is what we asked for so, it is what it is. There is no use in complaining, Republicans and Democrats alike, so I hope everyone like TEA?

  10. PAY ATTENTION says:

    i know it’s sad for Democrats right now that they are no longer the majority, and lets take a look at that and why this happened.
    Bush’s last 2 years was with a Democrat majority in the Congress and Senate.
    Obama in 2009 and for the last 2 years still Democrats in the majority in the Congress and Senate.
    2years Obama and 4 years Democratic majority in both houses does that make you think at all why did Democrats not pass a budget in 2010 when they were suppose to could it be the 2010 house seats up for grabs hummmm.
    ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION OR ARE YOU JUST PLAIN STUPID.

  11. tom corbett says:

    Democrat or Republican? Who cares, they’re all morons. If I could act as dumb at my job I’d be as rich as any of these idiotic politicians.

  12. Mad As H**L says:

    They still don’t get it,,,,,, scare tactics, on the elderly, education, etc. I call BS, they will cut every where but where they are !!!! The bottom will topple down right under their feet, but they will all be there full benefits, full pay, and full retirements that are fully unsustainable.

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