With the House and Senate failing to agree on a budget before Monday’s midnight deadline, the impact of a government shutdown on Washington state comes with varying consequences.
Here’s a look at how services in the state will or will not be affected by Congress’ failure to reach an agreement by midnight Monday:
HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL
Even with funding of the health care law at the center of the budget battle in Congress, implementation of key parts of the law begin Tuesday regardless of the government shutdown. The Democratic-led Senate on Monday rejected conditions House Republicans had added to a temporary spending bill and stripped a one-year delay in President Barack Obama’s health care law from the bill.
Deliveries will continue as usual. The U.S. Postal Service relies on income from stamps and other postal fees to keep running and receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations.
All national parks will be closed, as well as national monuments such as Mount St. Helens. Forest Service ranger stations will also close. Visitors using overnight campgrounds or other park facilities will be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.
The Employment Security Department said that it will continue paying unemployment benefits through this week, but said it is uncertain whether officials could maintain it if the federal shutdown lasts until next week.
Full-time active guardsman will not be furloughed, but roughly 1,000 federal technicians, including vehicle and aircraft maintenance, computer technicians and human resources personnel will be furloughed starting Tuesday, said Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the state Department of the Military. Shagren said employees have been told to come in Tuesday to receive further instructions.