What a Federal Shutdown Means for Central Ga. | News
We could be facing a government shutdown, because once again Republicans and Democrats are at odds over spending and so far haven't agreed on a budget for the next year.
So if a shutdown actually happens next Tuesday, October first, what could that mean for you here in Central Georgia?
We called Robins Air Force Base. The defense department told base leaders to be ready, but no one could explain what those preparations are.
First, for active duty members of the military. If the government shuts down next week, you will still report to work on the first even if there is no defense funding bill. Your October first paycheck will already have been made before that midnight deadline on the 30th and shouldn't be affected.
Military health and dental clinics could be limited to treating only active-duty members. Base exchanges and commissaries may close or have reduced hours.
Federal courts won't completely shut down, but after two weeks, they will partially reduce their work load. Some employees will essentially do their jobs without receiving their paychecks until the shutdown is finished.
National parks, like the Ocmulgee National Monument or Andersonville National Historic Site will close.
There's a lot of uncertainty and these are all just possibilities that may never come to pass if the House, the Senate and the White House all agree on funding before October 1st.