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And while air traffic controllers won't be idled, a Federal Aviation Administration employee who works in Des Plaines near O'Hare International Airport told the Tribune he was alerted Friday that he would be furloughed if the government shuts down.

Threats of government shutdowns have become increasingly common as Congress relies more and more on short-term fixes called "continuing resolutions" to keep open the government.

The shutdown could still be avoided. Between the House and the Senate re-doing and re-passing the ACA back and forth, Congress could not pass a viable spending bill. This was a more common practice in recent times, with all four shutdowns since 1990 resulting in furlough.

If no spending deal is reached by Friday night, government agencies will begin shutting down, though the real impact won't be felt until Monday. And who are the political winners and losers? One survey clocked congressional approval at 9% following the 2013 shutdown.

Every American knows the Republican Party controls White House, the Senate, the House - it is their job to keep the government open.

"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown".

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said "these children became hostages to the Republican political agenda". Ted Cruz, R-Texas - to choose between funding the government or shutting it down over their opposition to Obamacare. Under its shutdown contingency plan, about 95,000 of its nearly 115,000 staff would keep working. They're getting used to shutdown threats, and there is nothing they can do about the current mess. Government offices closed for 16 days during the last government shutdown in 2013. As damaging as a shutdown will be to Virginia's economy, stopgap measures to renew the government's funding every 30 days are almost as unsustainable and put whole sectors of our economy at risk, including our military and government contractors.

Like the rest of the nation, San Diego would be affected by a federal shutdown. That's what happened in 2013 (and what would happen again now).

Mail delivery: Deliveries would continue as usual because the US Postal Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations. "This is reckless, irresponsible and a complete abrogation of their constitutional duty to provide a functioning government". If the federal personnel the contractor works with is locked out, the contractor could be as well.

That's a contrast to the last government shutdown, when the closure of national parks, in particular, led to public outrage.

Some parks will continue to be open, but others will be closed. Around 800,000 workers were furloughed. But it would have to furlough workers if Congress went weeks before approving new funding. While the government will furlough 850,000 employees to save money, many tech employees will continue working. In other words, you may see a whole bunch of very smart people wandering around unsure of what to do with themselves since they won't be allowed to work on the great questions like going back to the moon and how we can actually get to Mars.

In any case, a shutdown would not mean USA troops around the world would suddenly abandon their posts.

How much its costs: The closedown will erase about 0.2 percentage points, or some $6.5 billion, off of quarterly economic growth each week that the impasse drags on, according to estimates by economists at S&P Global.

December 7, 2017 - Congress passes another short-term spending bill to keep the government operating, putting off fights over several controversial issues for another day.

Who won and who lost?

The blame game between Democrats and Republicans is nothing new. A USA Today/Princeton Survey Research poll found that 39 percent of Americans blamed the GOP, compared to just 19 percent who blamed the Democratic Party (36 percent laid the blame equally on both parties).

"As Virginia's governor, no one is more sensitive to the fact that our economy is uniquely exposed to what happens in Washington".

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