Jan 21 2018
09:13 am

Some of the ways the U.S. government is affected.

Congress still gets paid.

Non-essential Department of Defense civilian employees will be furloughed.

Lots of "non-essential" employees will be furloughed.

The US Postal Service will still deliver mail.

Air Traffice Controllers will continue to work.

Social Security checks will still be issued.

USDA inspections continue.

Customer service at Medicare and Medicaid could be impacted due to furloughed employees.

National Park roads, trails, and memorials will be open but parks will not collect entrance fees and will not be staffed for basic work like picking up trash, staffing visitors centers, or issuing permits. Campgrounds will be closed.

If the shutdown continues through Monday, The Smithsonian museums will close as will the National Zoo.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered President Trump funding for his wall in exchange for protecting immigrants who entered the country illegally as children? The most powerful Democrat in the Senate was willing to support one of his party’s most-hated proposals, just like that? The Times wrote simply that Schumer "discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico" - which leaves some wiggle room.

"Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O," Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) complained on the Senate floor Saturday, some 12 hours into the shutdown. "It’s next to impossible."

bizgrrl's picture

Five Republican Senators

Five Republican Senators voted NO on the spending bill.

Jeff Flake, AZ
Lindsey Graham, SC
Mike Lee, UT
Mitch McConnell, KY
Randy Paul, KY

Five Democratic Senators voted YES on the spending bill.
Joe Donnelly, IN
Heidi Heitkamp, ND
Doug Jones, AL
Joe Manchin, WV
Claire McCaskill, MO

bizgrrl's picture

White House comment line at

White House comment line at (202) 456-1111
brazenly blames Democrats for bungling talks to avoid the dreaded shutdown

fischbobber's picture


I firmly believe this was an intentionally contrived maneuver on Trump's part. There is WAY to much missing cash in the Russian/election rigging/porn star payoff scandal. The revelations this week will compel Mueller to subpoena Trumps taxes, and from there it's just a matter of time before he goes down. Tax evasion, racketeering, and money laundering are all crimes that carry prison time. Trump will do everything in his power to keep everyone's attention diverted. Ironically, I agree with Bannon on this issue.

bizgrrl's picture

Wag the dog.

Wag the dog.

fischbobber's picture


I gave a speech as George McGovern in the mock elections at Cedar Bluff. I railed on Watergate for about 3 minutes. No one knew what I was talking about and, in fact, due to Nixon employing the same techniques as Trump uses right now, it proved to be years before America grasped the gravity of the situation. Trump isn't as smart as Nixon. Once the tax returns are on the table and the money trail comes to light, he'll be going down. Even the most partisan Republicans will know his guilt.

fischbobber's picture

Cross links

I just noticed Whites Creek picked up on the same set of facts I've been following. What will happen from this point out is that people will start asking "Just what the hell is Trump doing?" and one by one will start looking at the big picture. Once something happens that hits American in the pocketbook, things will unravel quickly. I suspect this will be a rocky ride.

R. Neal's picture

Trump may be angling to end

Trump may be angling to end the filibuster rule.

fischbobber's picture


That likely implies that his support is waning. He might want to consider what he's asking for. He may need these rule come impeachment time.

Rachel's picture

He might be but Republican

He might be but Republican Senators won't buy. I know it would come back to bite them in the future.

R. Neal's picture

Yes. Careful what you wish

Yes. Careful what you wish for...

R. Neal's picture

Great to see how hard

Knoxoasis's picture

Whew. Glad that's over. I

Whew. Glad that's over. I was running low on food and water.

bizgrrl's picture

U.S. Government funded for 17

U.S. Government funded for 17 more days. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funded for 6 more years.

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