What's Next After Congress Missed Deadline To Avoid Partial Gov. Shutdown?
The Federal Government partially shut down for the first time in 17-years on Monday.
The Senate rejected a House bill that would have funded the government, but delayed the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Americans were supposed to start enrolling in the Health Care Program beginning Tuesday.
Many are now wondering what's next as Congress missed the deadline to avoid the shutdown.
"We need to take a look at the fact that the shutdown does not serve anyone well," said David Wilson of Reno.
"No one wants to give a little on each side," said Valerie Dutter of Carson City. "I think that is a waste of our taxpayers' money."
University of Nevada Political Science Department Chair, Eric Herzik, says the average American will not be immediately affected.
"The Postal Service is separately funded," he said. "Any type of government checks, such as, say, Social Security. Those are entitlements that just automatically get distributed."
Critical functions like air-traffic control and military operations will continue, but a number of other federal workers will be told to stay home until a resolution is passed. National parks and monuments will also be affected.
"If you're visiting Washington, D.C., and you want to go to the museums, they will be closed," Herzik said.
Federally-backed mortgages, passport and visa applications will be delayed, as well as gun permits. I talked to Lance Wilson, an executive with the U.S. District Court of Nevada, which oversees all federal courts in the state, like the Bruce R. Thompson United States Courthouse and Federal Building in Reno. He says they have reserved two weeks of funding to keep running normally.
"We'll be here and continue to do our best to provide a high level of an administration of justice," he said. "Our plans are to keep the doors open as long as there's funding available."
Herzik says if the U.S. District's funding does run out, court dates get pushed back and everything's gets backed up until a resolution is passed.