McConnell Attempts to Avoid a Government Shutdown

Partial government shutdown: Local jobs impacted 

The Senate adjourned Friday night without a spending deal, guaranteeing a partial shutdown.

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are in a stalemate over his demand for $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. During a meeting with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer last week, Trump said he’d shut down the government if lawmakers failed to secure $5 billion in funding for a wall to span the U.S.-Mexico border.

» UNMATCHED COVERAGE: Government shutdown threat puts more than 400 local jobs at risk

The shutdown comes over the failure of Congress to pass spending bills to fund the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

A partial government shutdown will impact hundreds of jobs in the region. There are approximately 400 civilian employees in the region who work for those unfunded agencies, according to the June 2018 data from the Office of Personnel Management.

Ohio lawmakers have responded to the shutdown. “I am disappointed parties haven't already come together to avoid a shutdown,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. “There’s no reason we can’t both strengthen our border security and keep the government open. I am talking to all sides to find a way forward.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Ohio workers are hurt by a government shutdown. 

Here’s what to know about the local impact:

• A shutdown would likely have little impact on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A spokesman for Wright-Patt said the base has not received any instructions about how to implement a shutdown.

• The Dayton VA and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will not close, spokesmen told this newspaper.

• The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is funded by the Department of Interior, and the two visitor centers are closed. “During the federal government shutdown, park grounds remain open. However, there will be no visitor services and all business offices will remain closed. Visitor centers will be closed as well,” the park announced on its website. 

• The Dayton Federal Records Center & National Archives — and 59 jobs there — will also be impacted. 

According to the agency’s website: “Due to the shutdown of the Federal Government, National Archives facilities are closed, websites and social media are not being updated or monitored, and activities are canceled, with the following exceptions which remain open and operational: Federal Records CentersFederal Register, the Ronald Reagan Museum, and the George W. Bush Museum.”

• Other departments with local jobs impacted: Homeland Security (113 jobs), Commerce (19 jobs), Agriculture (43 jobs), transportation (42 jobs), Treasury (34 jobs), Justice (65 jobs)

• NASA employees across the state could also be furloughed. Employees would be impacted at the Glenn Research Center, Plum Brook Station, and other Ohio facilities.

• USDA local and state farm service centers closures would impact farmers. Food banks that receive USDA commodities will also be impacted.

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