Another Shutdown?

September 8th, 2019

Congress has till October 1st to pass a spending bill or kick the can down the road to yet another fight over the holidays.

The Democratically controlled House and GOP Senate are approaching the deadline with varying angles; Democrats eyeing a continuing resolution and the Senate trying to ram thru their agenda. Democrats are focused on passing a continuing resolution (CR), while Senate Republicans are set on passing appropriation bills which would cut spending everywhere but defense.

The CR, will most probably end right before the Thanksgiving recess, putting pressure on Republicans to make a deal or be seen as again the party who shut down the government.

A government shutdown has many faces, but generally these agencies feel it the most. (From the
Social Security and Medicare checks are sent out, but benefit verification as well as the issuance of cards would cease.

The Environmental and Food Inspection might haltinspections to 1,200 different sites that included hazardous waste, drinking water, and chemical facilities, and the Food and Drug Administration delayed almost 900 inspections.

National Parks: During the 2013 shutdown, the National Park Service turned away millions of visitors to more than 400 parks, national monuments, and other sites. The National Park Service estimated that the shutdown led to more than half a billion dollars in lost visitor spending nationwide.

Air Travel: During the 2018-2019 shutdown, air travel was strained as a result of air traffic controllers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents working without pay.

Health and Human Services: The National Institutes of Health would be prevented from admitting new patients or processing grant applications. In 2013, states were forced to front the money for formula grant programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (cash welfare).

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): In the event of a shutdown, the IRS, which verifies income and Social Security numbers, would again not be able to perform this service.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Though the program is mandatory, the ability to send out “food stamp” benefits can be affected by the shutdown, since the continuing resolution only authorizes the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to send out benefits for 30 days after a shutdown begins.

So, let the countdown begin.

Chip Franklin

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. … read more
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