How the government shutdown is impacting Midstate residents

FILE- This Jan. 3, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. The government is financed through Friday, Jan. 19, and another temporary spending bill is needed to prevent a partial government shutdown after that. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s day three of the government shutdown.

Lawmakers worked late into the night Sunday to hammer out a deal to reopen the government but came up empty-handed.

The latest plan is a short-term fix to fund the government through Feb. 8 with a promise to deal with immigration. But Democrats insist any funding deal must protect the so-called Dreamers, those 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

The Senate will vote at noon Monday on that measure to fund the government for three weeks. At this hour, it’s unclear whether enough Democrats will be on board to advance the measure.

The government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday after lawmakers unsuccessfully came to an agreement on how to handle funding moving forward.

There have been 12 shutdowns in the last 30 years. How does it directly impact you?

First and foremost, national security will not be compromised. The Department of Defense said just because Congress can’t agree on finances doesn’t stop operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

However, thousands of federal employees are without pay. During the last government shutdown in 2013, 800,000 federal employees went without pay or work for more than two weeks. They were reimbursed when the government reopened.

Of the 12 shutdowns in the last three decades, the longest one was 21 days; the shortest was a single day.

Now on Day 3 of the shutdown, staffing at most federally funded agencies are cut to a fraction of normal levels, including the National Safety Transportation Board, FEMA, and the Department of Education.

Meanwhile, salaries for Congress members continue. They’re exempt from furlough.

You’ll still get your mail and social security checks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will struggle to continue supporting its seasonal influenza program.

The Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle was closed Monday due to the shutdown.

Park roads, memorials, and trails at Gettysburg National Military Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. There will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services such as public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and road maintenance, spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said.

The film, cyclorama painting and museum exhibits at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center remain open and available to visitors. Licensed battlefield guides are available and giving battlefield tours.

Eisenhower National Historic Site is closed.

According to their website, the Smithsonian museums and National Zoo remain open today despite the possibility of shutting down at any time.

Stay tuned to ABC27 for the latest developments on the government shutdown.

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