US state institutions temporarily shut down after yesterday’s Senate agreement on a law on short-term budget financing was not reached.
Many institutions will remain closed, and employees will be on leave. Only structures with vital functions will continue to work.
Those officials whose jobs are essential will not leave, but will work without a salary, said Mick Malveane, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Among the state structures of vital importance are the Office for Social Security Issues and the Armed Forces.
Veterans’ ministry officials will remain in office, as the agency has previously received funding, Malwene said.
Postal services will also continue to function normally because US Posts have their own sources of revenue.
Another sector, which should work normally, is aviation. Air traffic controllers, employees of the Transport Security Service and customs agents of the Customs and Border Control Service also remain in operation.
“All these people will work without money, which is simply not honest,” Malveney said.
The interior ministry said it was working to make national parks and other natural sites responsible for staying “maximum available” to visitors, the Washington Post reported.
But stopping the work of the government will affect the Federal Disaster and Emergency Service, which is currently working to tackle the effects of several natural disasters, including the hurricane, with the majority of Puerto Rico running out of power for months, as well as forest fires in California.
Earlier this partial paralysis of the federal government was in October 2013 and lasted for 16 days.
The current crisis will last until Congressmen reach agreement on the law on budget expenditures.
There is no concrete plan at the moment, but Senate talks are expected today to continue and possibly tomorrow to vote for a variant proposed by Democrat Lindsay Graham for an interim resolution that would allow funding for the government’s activities to continue until February 8. The date is not selected randomly. On January 30, the president will address the two houses of Congress and Republicans would not want that to happen in the shadow of a budget crisis.