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How San Diegans Will Feel The Government Shutdown
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Photo by Brendan Smialowski
Congresswoman Susan Davis, (D-53rd)
Ron Nehring, former California Republican Party Chair
Special Feature How Is The Government Shutdown Affecting You?
The U.S. government has shut down nonessential services and furloughed thousands of federal workers after House Republicans and Senate Democrats failed to reach an agreement on a federal spending bill. Have you been impacted by the government shutdown? Share your experiences and we may ask to interview you for a story.
From Washington D.C. to San Diego, a government shutdown will have far-reaching impacts.
Thousands of government employees, including some of the 26,000 local civilian employees of the Department of Defense, will only be working a half-day today to take care of shutdown-related tasks. Then they’ll be out of work — and a pay check — until Congress comes to a resolution.
The region’s federal parks will be closed, including the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, and there will be no federal loans available for small businesses and people buying a home.
One exception to the shutdown, military service members will still be paid; President Obama signed it into law late Monday night.
A bipartisan group of San Diego City Council members on Monday afternoon called on Congress to avoid a shutdown of the federal government, San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez said the city has a substantial reserve to keep essential services going, for now.
"If this goes on for a prolonged period of time then we’re going to have some situations we’re going to have to be dealing with in the next couple of months, but at least for the short time being, we have enough in our reserves to manage and continue our operations as normal," said Alverez.
Airport operations and the U.S. Postal Service are not expected to be impacted. Also unaffected will be people receiving Medicare, social security and unemployment checks.
There will also be no interruptions or delays for California's supplemental food program for women, infants and children, known as WIC. Officials stated in a news release: "California WIC currently has available funds, and will proceed with funding the WIC program in order to continue providing benefits to participants."
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