Nationwide, about 800,000 federal employees could be furloughed starting Tuesday if the House and Senate are unable to agree on a budget.
The government last shut down due to a budget impasse from Nov. 13 – 19, 1995, and again from Dec. 15, 1995 to Jan. 6, 1996.
Workers at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are
already preparing to shutter camping grounds and hiking trails, reports
the Los Angeles Times.
Rep. Brad Sherman wrote an editorial for the Los Angeles Daily News on what the shutdown could entail, and what to do if you, as a resident or business owner, have to do when dealing with a federal agency before or after Oct. 1.
What will change:
- National parks would close to the public.
- Visa and passport applications would remain unprocessed.
- Calls to the IRS will go unanswered.
In the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns, many federal employees were paid retroactively for the days they were furloughed. Whether that will happen this year remains to be seen, NPR reported.If there's a government shutdown Tuesday, the federal government does not stop operating completely.