What happens when the government shuts down?
If you’re wondering if the government shutdown will make your life harder, you can relax. You will still get your mail and you can still board an airplane.
The federal government was shut down at midnight Saturday when Congress failed to pass a funding bill for government operations and agencies.
A government shutdown could put hundreds of thousands of federal employees on furlough. Critical services that protect “human life or property,” like air traffic control, and programs like the United States Postal Service that have other funding sources would continue to work during the shutdown, according to The New York Times.
So what does this mean for Kentucky entities?
Mammoth Cave National Park, located primarily in Edmonson County, would still be open with limited access. The park’s roads and trails were still open, but the visitor center, ferry, cave tours and offices were closed. National Park Service employees would also not be able to provide guidance or emergency response. It was not immediately clear if Daniel Boone National Forest and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park were similarly affected.
Fort Campbell soldiers would report to work, but would not be paid until the shutdown is over, according to The Leaf-Chronicle. Some services in Fort Knox, such as the Voting Assistance Program and the Hunt Control Office, were closed. Non-excepted Department of Defense civilian employees with Fort Knox would receive a furlough letter and would be placed on non-pay and non-work status until the shutdown ended, according to the Fort’s Facebook page.
But employees, such as Transportation Security Administration agents at Blue Grass Airport, would continue to do their jobs as normal.
So when will the government shutdown end?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scheduled a vote for 1 a.m. Monday for a three-week spending bill that would keep the government funded and end the shutdown for the short term, according to NBCNews.
The last government shutdown happened in 2013, under then-President Barack Obama. The shutdown lasted 17 days and about 800,000 federal employees were furloughed. That shutdown affected numerous national parks, 1,300 Kentucky National Guard employees and Fort Knox and Fort Campbell.
Editor’s note: At the time of this article’s publication, efforts were still underway in Congress to reach an agreement to end the latest federal shutdown.