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The Real-World Consequences Of Schumer’s Political Stunt

- January 23, 2018

After Red State Democrats Voted To Hold The Federal Government Hostage, Their Constituents And The Nation Felt The Negative Impact

 


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Senate Democrats shutdown the government for three days in a now widely panned political stunt.
  • The decision by several red state Democratic senators to vote in favor of shutting down the government had negative effects on their constituents.
    • In Florida, Senator Bill Nelson's vote to close the federal government led to thousands of federal employees, including numerous civilians and enlisted personnel along Space Coast, being furloughed and the disruption of FEMA hurricane recovery operations.
    • In Pennsylvania, Senator Bob Casey's vote to shut down the government reportedly resulted in many of Pennsylvania's 96,000 federal employees to go without pay, and led to the closure of Independence Hall and other national parks.
    • In Ohio, Senator Sherrod Brown's vote to close the federal government caused federal employees in that state to be furloughed and led to the closure of the NASA Glenn Research Center.
    • In Michigan, Senator Debbie Stabenow's vote to close the federal government resulted in civilian furloughs, and the closure of several federal agencies.
    • In Wisconsin, Senator Tammy Baldwin's vote to close the federal government resulted in furloughs, and disrupted government research.
    • In Montana, Senator Jon Tester's vote to shut down the government caused closures and furloughs at numerous federal agencies.

LAST WEEK, DEMOCRATS FORCED A THREE-DAY SHUTDOWN OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Last Week, Senate Democrats Voted To Close The Federal Government Down Over The Issue Of Illegal Immigrants, Which Led To A Three Day Closure

The Federal Government Was Shut Down On Friday Night When The Senate Failed To Move Forward With A Short-Term Spending Bill. "A Senate attempt to move forward with a short-term spending bill vote failed Friday night, sending the government into a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration." ("Government Shuts Down On One-Year Anniversary Of Trump Presidency," CBS News , 1/20/18)

  • Senate Democrats "Joined To Block A Bill That Would Have Kept The Government Running. " "In a late-night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running until mid-February. A flurry of last-minute negotiations failed to produce an agreement. Democrats tried to use the Friday night funding deadline to win concessions from Republicans, including an extension of DACA, an Obama-era program protecting some young immigrants from deportation." (Alex Pappas, Matt Richardson and Adam Shaw, "Government Braces For Shutdown As Senate Fails To Meet Deadline For Spending Deal," Fox News , 1/20/18)
  • Democrats "Voted Against The Bill" To "Force Republicans To Negotiate" On A Legislative Fix For Illegal Immigrants. "Most Democrats voted against the bill as part of a risky strategy to force Republicans to negotiate with them on a legislative fix for 'Dreamers,' immigrants who illegally came to the country at a young age who illegally came to the country at a young age and now face the prospect of deportation." (Alexander Bolton, "Senate Rejects Funding Bill, Just Before Shutdown Deadline," The Hill , 1/19/18)

On January 22, In A 81 -18 Vote, Senate Democrats Joined Republicans And Voted To Reopen The Government. "The Senate voted 81-18 on Monday to end the three-day-old government shutdown, with Democrats joining Republicans to fund the government through February 8 in exchange for a promise from Republican leaders to address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers." ("Stopgap Bill To End Government Shutdown Passes Congress," The New York Times , 1/23/18)

THIS POLITICAL STUNT BY SENATE DEMOCRATS HURT THEIR CONSTITUENTS, AND CAUSED THE FURLOUGH OF THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES AND THE CLOSURE OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Due To Senator Nelson's Vote To Close The Government , Thousands Of Floridians Were Furloughed, Jeopardizing Projects With National Security Implications And Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Operations

On January 19, 2018 Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Voted "Nay" On H.R. 195, A Continuing Resolution That Would Fund The Government Through February. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Cloture Motion Rejected 50 - 49, R: 45 - 5, D: 5 - 42, I: 0 - 2, 1/19/18)

Due To The Government Shutdown, Thousands Of Federal Florida Workers Were Furloughed And Unable To Report To Work. CENTRAL FLORIDA 13's CAITLYN JONES: "Meanwhile thousands of federal employees are being placed on furlough meaning they won't report for work. More than a million civilian federal workers are exempt from furlough like TSA agents and prison guards. (Central Florida's Spectrum News 13's, "Your Midday News At 10," 01/22/18)

NASA Reported That It Expected 85% Of Its Workforce To Not Be Paid During The Shutdown, And That Thousands Of Its Contractors Would Be Left Without Work. SPECTRUM NEWS 13's JERRY HUME: "Agency wide, NASA expects 85 percent of its workforce will not be paid during the shutdown. Employees involved in activities that protect life and property will still stay on the job. Of the 1,970 employees who work at the Kennedy Space Center, only 38 would be exempt. Those numbers don't include the thousands of contractors who will be left without work." (Central Florida's Spectrum News 13's, "Your Midday News At 10," 01/22/18)

Nearly 2,000 NASA Civil Servants At The Kennedy Space Center Were Furloughed And Unable To Report To Work. "Kennedy Space Center employees are in the process of closing the spaceport by noon today because of the federal government's shutdown. Nearly 2,000 NASA civil servants are furloughed and will not report back to work until a budget deal is reached. A small number must continue working full- or part-time to perform essential safety functions for people, flight hardware or facilities. Teams this morning were asked to report to work for four hours to perform an orderly closeout, then go home. Up to 6,000 contractors are following a similar script, taking direction from their managers." (James Dean, "Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Air Force Base Close For Government Shutdown," Florida Today , 01/22/18)

NASA Partner Spacex Said "This Shutdown Impacts Spacex's Falcon Heavy Demonstration, Which Is Critical For Future National Security Missions" And "Upcoming Missions This Spring To Resupply The International Space Station." "The Eastern Range will not be able to support rocket launches or test activities, such as SpaceX's test-firing of Falcon Heavy engines, without civilians working. 'We remain hopeful that the Congress will quickly resolve their differences and put our partners in the Air Force and NASA back to doing their important work as soon as possible,' SpaceX said in a statement. 'This shutdown impacts SpaceX's Falcon Heavy demonstration, which is critical for future national security space missions. It also impacts critical missions for our customers, including important international allies scheduled to launch shortly from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base, as well as upcoming missions this spring to resupply the International Space Station.'" (James Dean, "Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Air Force Base Close For Government Shutdown," Florida Today , 01/22/18)

Only Uniformed Personnel, Just A Quarter Of The Work Force, At Patrick Air Force Base (PAFB) In Florida Were Able To Report For Duty During The Shutdown . "A similar process is in effect at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 'The unfortunate reality of the current situation is that lives and operations are disrupted,' Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the base and wing commander, wrote to employees. Only uniformed personnel who make up about a quarter of the work force will continue to report for duty during the shutdown. Civilians will be furloughed." (James Dean, "Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Air Force Base Close For Government Shutdown," Florida Today , 01/22/18)

  • Brigadier General Wayne Monteith Of PAFB Said Of Furloughed Civilians "We Simple Cannot Accomplish Our Primary Mission Of Assured Access To Space Without Our Incredible Civilian Workforce." "'We simply cannot accomplish our primary mission of assured access to space without our incredible civilian workforce,' Monteith said. 'This challenging time should not divide but unite us. My hope is that the furlough's duration will be brief and become a mere speed bump in our Drive to 48 launches a year.'" (James Dean, "Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Air Force Base Close For Government Shutdown," Florida Today , 01/22/18)

Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Said A Shutdown Would Be "A Huge Deal," For Florida, And Would Result In Temporary Furloughs For FEMA Administrative And IT Personnel. "Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, a Florida native, said a shutdown would be 'a huge deal,' according to The Washington Post. Any lapse in federal appropriations would result in temporary furloughs or unpaid leaves of absence for FEMA workers considered nonessential. 'Who do you think processes the payments?' Fugate asked, according to the Post. 'Who do you think does all that back-end stuff? IT stuff? Plus, if you have policy issues, there's no one to turn to.'" (Steve Bousquet, David Smiley and Josh Johnson, "Florida Braces For Impact Of Federal Government Shutdown," Miami Herald , 01/20/18)

  • "In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Irma, Much Of Florida Remains At The Mercy Of The Overwhelmed Federal Emergency Management Agency," Reported The Miami Herald's Steve Bousquet, David Smiley and Josh Johnson. "In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, much of Florida remains at the mercy of the overwhelmed Federal Emergency Management Agency, which continues to process reimbursement requests from cities, counties, law enforcement agencies and hospitals, some of them from Hurricanes Matthew and Hermine, 15 months ago. Cities and counties across Florida are still awaiting payment for emergency road and bridge repair, police overtime and other costs, and the full financial impact of Hurricane Irma hasn't yet been fully calculated." (Steve Bousquet, David Smiley and Josh Johnson, "Florida Braces For Impact Of Federal Government Shutdown," Miami Herald , 01/20/18)

Due To Senator Casey's Vote To Close The Government , Many Of Pennsylvania's 96,000 Employees Were Furloughed And Several National Parks And Landmarks, Such As Independence Hall And The Liberty Bell Were Closed

On January 19, 2018 Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) Voted "Nay" On H.R. 195, A Continuing Resolution That Would Fund The Government Through February. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Cloture Motion Rejected 50 - 49, R: 45 - 5, D: 5 - 42, I: 0 - 2, 1/19/18)

Many Of Pennsylvania 96,000 Federal Employees Were Furloughed Without Pay. "The commonwealth has more than 96,000 such employees total, many of whom will be furloughed without pay for however long the impasse lasts." (Katie Meyer, "How Does The Government Shutdown Affect Pennsylvania?" WESA , 1/22/18)

Federal Government Shutdowns "Broadly Affect Pennsylvania's Many Federally Funded State Programs And Jobs." "Government shutdowns broadly affect Pennsylvania's many federally funded state programs and jobs." (Katie Meyer, "How Does The Government Shutdown Affect Pennsylvania?" WESA , 1/22/18)

Pennsylvania Was Forced To Close Frequently Visited National Parks, Such As Independence Hall And The Liberty Bell. "The most visible impact in the Philadelphia area will be at national parks, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which will be closed." (Joseph A. Gambardello, "Government Shutdown Continues: What's Open, What's Closed," The Inquirer , 1/22/18)

  • The National Park Desk At The Independence Visitors Center Was Not Staffed. The Independence Visitors Center is not a federal facility and will be open, though the National Park desk will not be staffed." (Joseph A. Gambardello, "Government Shutdown Continues: What's Open, What's Closed," The Inquirer , 1/22/18)
  • "Tourists Lined Up To See Portions Of The Liberty Bell Visible Through A Window." REPORTER: "All right, well, here at home Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell complex are both closed due to the shutdown. Tourists lined up to see some portions of the Liberty Bill visible through a window." (CW Philly 57's News, 1/20/18)
  • Security Guards Stood Around Independence Hall "Shooing Away People Who Got Too Close." "Security guards stood around Independence Hall on Saturday, shooing away people who got too close." ("Government Shutdown Shutters Independence Hall, Liberty Bell," WPVI-TV , 1/21/18)
  • Park Rangers Were Forced To Do The Same Near The Liberty Bell. " A park ranger did the same at the doorway into the building that surrounds the bell." ("Government Shutdown Shutters Independence Hall, Liberty Bell," WPVI-TV , 1/21/18)

Steamtown National Historic Site Was Closed During The Shutdown. "A sign outside the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton says it is closed due to the shutdown." (Bill Michlowski, "Effects Of Government Shutdown Felt In Northeast Pennsylvania," WNEP-16 , 1/20/18)

Valley Forge National Park Had To Cease Its Educational Programs During The Shutdown. "Valley Forge National Park will be open to the public, but all park buildings and restrooms are closed and there will be no educational programs." (Joseph A. Gambardello, "Government Shutdown Continues: What's Open, What's Closed," The Inquirer , 1/22/18)

Due To Senator Brown's Vote To Close The Government, Thousands Of Federal Employees Were Furloughed Or Had To Work Without Pay During The Shutdown

On January 19, 2018 Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Voted "Nay" On H.R. 195, A Continuing Resolution That Would Fund The Government Through February. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Cloture Motion Rejected 50 - 49, R: 45 - 5, D: 5 - 42, I: 0 - 2, 1/19/18)

Cincinnati Enquirer : The Brunt Of The Shutdown Would Be Felt By Ohio's 49,500 Federal Workers. "By far the brunt of any shutdown will be felt by Ohio's 49,500 federal workers and Kentucky's 22,800. If you're a researcher at the Forensic Chemistry Center in Bond Hill, a branch of the federal Food and Drug Administration, for example, you could be furloughed. Same for the Environmental Protection Agency workers in Corryville. Congress has traditionally granted back pay afterwards. If you're an enlisted airman at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, you will be on duty but might not be paid - at least not on time. If you're a civilian worker there, you'll probably be told not to come to work and your paycheck could also be in limbo." (Deirdre Shesgreen and Carl Weiser, "Federal Government Shutdown: What You Need To Know In Greater Cincinnati," Cincinnati Enquirer , 01/19/18)

  • "In Ohio, There Are 50,000 Federal Workers Have Stopped Paychecks Due To The Shutdown." FOX 8's ALLISON BROWN: "The government shutdown of 2018 impacts many aspects of life everywhere in the country, even right here in Northeast Ohio. Whether it's the job of a federal employee or access to facilities at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, there's an impact. In Ohio there are 50,000 federal workers have [sic] stopped paychecks due to the shutdown." (Allison Brown, "Ohio Senators Weigh In On Government Shutdown," Fox 8 Cleveland , 01/21/18)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Director Marie Vanover Stated "Those Not Exempt From The Furlough Will Be Sent Home ." "WPAFB Public Affairs Director Marie Vanover said base officials won't know until Monday the extent the shutdown will have on base employees and services. 'We will undergo an orderly shutdown. Those who are not exempt from the furlough will be sent home,' Vanover said. Vanover said Sunday the base had not yet been advised of 'the parameters' that will determine who stays and who goes home." (Richard Wilson, "Government Shutdown: What We Know About Wright Patt," Dayton Daily News , 01/21/18)

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Is The Largest Single-Site Employer In Ohio, With An Estimated 27,000 Military And Civilian Personnel. "Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimated 27,000 military and civilian personnel." (Richard Wilson, "Government Shutdown: What We Know About Wright Patt," Dayton Daily News , 01/21/18)

The NASA Glenn Research Center In Cleveland Was Closed During The Shutdown. "In Cleveland, the NASA Glenn Research Center is closed. On Monday, the center tweeted 'NASA activities and events are canceled or postponed until further notice. We'll be back as soon as possible! Sorry for the inconvenience.'" (Kelly Reardon, "National Weather Service Works Without Pay During Shutdown. What Do You Think?" Cleveland Plain Dealer , 01/22/18)

  • As Of FY 2016, The Total Number Of Civil Service Employees And Local Contractors Employed By The Glenn Research Center Was 3,197. "Combining civil service employees and local contractors, the total number of employees at NASA Glenn was 3,197 in FY 2016." (Iryna Lendel, Nathaniel Hoover and Luke Seaberg, "The NASA Glenn Research Center: An Economic Impact Study Fiscal Year 2016," Cleveland State University, College Of Urban Affairs , 06/17, p. v)

It May Take Weeks For Meteorologists With The National Weather Service To Receive Repayment From Work Done During The Government Shutdown. "Even during a shutdown, meteorologists work round-the-clock to keep Northeast Ohioans safe from potentially bad snowstorms, flooding from rivers or dangerously strong winds, regardless of whether they get a pay check right away -- sometimes repayments can take weeks." (Kelly Reardon, "National Weather Service Works Without Pay During Shutdown. What Do You Think?" Cleveland Plain Dealer , 01/22/18)

Due To Senator Stabenow's Vote To Close The Government, Various Michigan Branches Of Federal Agencies Closed, And National Parks Had Fewer Staffers To Assist Victors

On January 19, 2018 Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Voted "Nay" On H.R. 195, A Continuing Resolution That Would Fund The Government Through February. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Cloture Motion Rejected 50 - 49, R: 45 - 5, D: 5 - 42, I: 0 - 2, 1/19/18)

Michigan Has 52,000 Federal Workers, Many of Whom Were Potentially Affected By The Government Shutdown. "Many of Michigan's 52,000 federal workers won't be working Monday, but the public likely won't feel much initial impact as the federal government shuts down on its first normal work day." (Karen Bouffard, Melissa Nann Burke and Michael Gerstein, "Little Impact In Mich. If Fed Shutdown Is Short," The Detroit News , 1/19/18)

"An Unspecified Number Of Workers, Likely In The Thousands" Of Workers Were Told "Not To Report" To The Detroit Arsenal And Selfridge Air National Guard Base. "That's not to say Michigan wasn't affected by the shutdown, however: Beyond an unspecified number of workers, likely in the thousands, being told not to report to work Monday at the Detroit Arsenal, Selfridge Air National Guard Base and elsewhere, there were others at the borders and at Detroit Metro Airport being expected to work, for now, without pay." (Todd Spangler, "Michigan Among States Least Affected By 2018 Government Shutdown, Study Says," Detroit Free Press , 1/22/18)

  • Michigan Had Nearly 2,100 Active-Duty Military, 1,100 Coast Guard And 14,900 National Guard Or Reserves. "Michigan had about 52,200 federal civilian employees as of November, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state had nearly 2,100 active-duty military, including more than 1,100 in the Coast Guard as of September, according to the Department of Defense. Another 14,900 are part of the National Guard or Reserves." (Karen Bouffard, Melissa Nann Burke and Michael Gerstein, "Little Impact In Mich. If Fed Shutdown Is Short," The Detroit News , 1/19/18)

Many Small Business Loan Offices, Internal Revenue Service Call Centers And Passport Offices Were Closed. "Many small business loan offices, Internal Revenue Service call centers and passport offices would close." (Karen Bouffard, Melissa Nann Burke and Michael Gerstein, "Little Impact For Mich. In Shutdown; Officials Say Federal Programs Remain Funded For Near Future," Detroit News, 1/22/18)

  • More Than Half Of Michigan's Internal Revenue Agency Workforce Was Sent Home Due To The Shutdown. "And the Internal Revenue Service will still be collecting taxes - though if you have questions for them about the new tax law, you may be out of luck getting an answer until after the shutdown with more than half of the agency's workforce to be sent home." (Todd Spangler, "Michigan Shutdown Impact Minimal Now; State Not Likely To See Many Visible Effects As Different Functions Of The Federal Government Grind To A Halt," Detroit Free Press, 1/21/18)

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Had "Limited Staff" And The Visitor's Center Closed. "Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising will remain open to visitors and have rangers for law enforcement and safety reasons, said Susan Reece, a Pictured Rocks spokeswoman. 'We will just have limited staff,' she said. The visitor's center, which is open two days a week in the winter, will be closed. And there will be no staff to answer the phones or questions from visitors, Reece said." (Karen Bouffard, Melissa Nann Burke and Michael Gerstein, "Little Impact For Mich. In Shutdown; Officials Say Federal Programs Remain Funded For Near Future," The Detroit News, 1/22/18)

Due To Senator Baldwin's Vote To Close The Government, Federal Employees In Wisconsin Experienced Furloughs And Research Was Disrupted

On January 19, 2018 Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Voted "Nay" On H.R. 195, A Continuing Resolution That Would Fund The Government Through February. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Cloture Motion Rejected 50 - 49, R: 45 - 5, D: 5 - 42, I: 0 - 2, 1/19/18)

Researchers And Some Federal Employees In Wisconsin Were Furloughed Due To The Government Shutdown. "Researchers and some federal employees in Wisconsin had their eyes on Washington Monday, as they awaited news about the federal government shutdown. Nonessential federal employees were furloughed Monday after U.S. senators failed to reach a deal Friday night." (Rose Schmidt, "Southeastern Wisconsin Workers Furloughed After Government Shuts Down," Fox 47 , 1/22/18)

  • According To The United States Office Of Personnel Management, In September 2016 14,110 Federal Civilian Employees Were Employed In Wisconsin. ("Federal Civilian Employment," The U.S Office Of Personnel Management , Accessed 1/22/18)

Out Of Approximately 1,000 Wisconsin National Guard Employees, 700 Were Furloughed. "Of the approximately 1,000 full-time Wisconsin National Guard employees, about 700 will be furloughed, including Trovato." (Shelley K. Mesch, "UW-Madison, Wisconsin National Guard Face Challenges In Federal Government Shutdown," The Chippewa Herald, 1/21/18)

The Wisconsin National Guard Canceled Its Drill Weekend For More Than 200 Soldiers Due To The Government Shutdown. "The Wisconsin National Guard canceled its drill weekend for more than 200 soldiers and airmen, spokesman Joe Trovato said, and it may not be the only cancellation. 'Depending on how long this goes on, we could have to cancel other drill weekends, but I guess we'll continue to cross that bridge when we come to it,' Trovato said." (Shelley K. Mesch, "UW-Madison, Wisconsin National Guard Face Challenges In Federal Government Shutdown," The Chippewa Herald, 1/21/18)

Jordan Gerth, Associate Researcher At The Cooperative Institute For Meteorological Satellite Studies, Claimed The Research Center Was Funded "Predominately Based On Federal Fundings" And That A Number Of The Staffers Were Furloughed As Well. "Associate researcher Jordan Gerth said the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies relies on that money. 'This research center is predominately based on federal funding, and without that grant money, that we receive annually, these kind of research institutes probably would not exist,' Gerth said. He said a number of people who work in his building are federal employees who were scheduled to leave work at noon Monday while they were on furlough." (Rose Schmidt, "Southeastern Wisconsin Workers Furloughed After Government Shuts Down," Fox 47 , 1/22/18)

  • Gerth Noted Furloughs And Shutdowns "Can Severely Interrupt Our Progress Working Together And Working On Research." "'We want to have the least amount of interruption to our research missions as we possibly can,'' Gerth said. 'With furlough shutdowns that run on for several weeks, that can severely interrupt our progress working together and working on research.'" (Rose Schmidt, "Southeastern Wisconsin Workers Furloughed After Government Shuts Down," Fox 47 , 1/22/18)

Several Employees Of The Forest Product Laboratory Of The U.S. Department Of Agriculture In Wisconsin Were Furloughed Because Of The Shutdown. "Several members of the communications department at the Forest Products Laboratory, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recorded voicemails saying they were not in the office Monday. 'I am not in the office at this time. I am on furlough due to the lapse in federal government funding,' public affairs specialist Rebecca Wallace said in her voicemail recording." (Rose Schmidt, "Southeastern Wisconsin Workers Furloughed After Government Shuts Down," Fox 47 , 1/22/18)

  • Forest Products Laboratory Is Focused On Using Wood Resources "Wisely And Efficiently" While Finding Ways To Better The Environment. "For almost 100 years, our mission has been to use our Nation's wood resources wisely and efficiently, while at the same time keeping our forests healthy. Our research began with preserving railroad ties, and now we are venturing into nanotechnology and finding ways that our research can contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change." ("About Us," Forest Products Laboratory , Accessed 1/23/18)

Due To Senator Tester's Vote To Close The Government , The National Guard Was Negatively Impacted And Parks Were Closed

On January 19, 2018 Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) Voted "Nay" On H.R. 195, A Continuing Resolution That Would Fund The Government Through February. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Cloture Motion Rejected 50 - 49, R: 45 - 5, D: 5 - 42, I: 0 - 2, 1/19/18)

The Shutdown Resulted In Large Amounts Of Federal Workers Being Furloughed. "Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will either be sent home or have been told to not show up to work at all on Monday, as furloughs due to the government shutdown that began Friday night start to affect workers around the country." (Miles Parks and Brian Naylor, "The Thorny Logistics Of A Government Shutdown," NPR , 1/22/18)

  • The Federal Government Is Montana's Second-Largest Employer With 12,500 Employees As Of 2015. "As of 2015 the federal government is Montana's second-largest employer with 12,500 employees." (Phil Drake, "Gov. Bullock: State Government Remains Open," Great Falls Tribune , 1/20/18)

Montana State Superintendent Of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Stated Federal Agencies Kept "Minimal Staff Available." " 'Federal agencies plan to keep minimal staff available to distribute funds during the shutdown,' Arntzen said." (Phil Drake, "Gov. Bullock: State Government Remains Open," Great Falls Tribune , 1/20/18)

As A Result Of The Shutdown, "Nearly 500 Air And Army National Guard Employees" In Montana Were Furloughed. "Montana National Guard officials say nearly 500 Air and Army National Guard employees have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown." ("Montana National Guard Details Impact Of Government Shutdown," KTVH , 1/22/18)

Governor Steve Bullock Said The State Had "To Send Home More Montana National Guard Soldiers Today Than There Are Members Of The U.S. House Of Representatives." "'But we can't fool ourselves into thinking this shutdown doesn't matter - we have to send home more Montana National Guard soldiers today than there are members of the U.S. House of Representatives.'" (Phil Drake, "Montana Ranked 7th Highest State Hit Hardest By Federal Shutdown," Great Falls Tribune , 1/22/18)

  • Due To The Shutdown, Training Was Cancelled For Two Units, 40 Service Members Were Not Able To Travel To Attend State Schools, And 60 Others Attending Out-Of-State Schools Returned Home. "The shutdown has also forced the guard to cancel scheduled weekend training for two units, and 40 service members will not be able to travel to attend out of state schools. More than 60 others attending out of state schools have returned home." ("Montana National Guard Details Impact Of Government Shutdown," KTVH , 1/22/18)

Glacier National Park Remained Open, But With Limited Services. "Several media outlets reported Glacier National Park would be open as well, but with limited services." (Phil Drake, "Gov. Bullock: State Government Remains Open," Great Falls Tribune , 1/20/18)

Montana State Budget Director Dan Villa Noted That Because Of The Shutdown, Contracts And Grants That Include Federal Dollars Were "Not To Be Signed, Extended, Or Renewed." "He also said contracts and grants which include federal dollars as a primary or secondary source of funds should not be signed, extended or renewed until such time as the federal funds have again been appropriated by Congress." (Phil Drake, "Gov. Bullock: State Government Remains Open," Great Falls Tribune , 1/20/18)

Senator Tester Admitted Montana Community Healthcare Providers "May Be Hurt" During A Government Shutdown. "Montana community healthcare providers like RiverStone Health in Billings may be hurt, according to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont." (Steele Stephens, "What's Next For Montana Now That Federal Government Has Shut Down?" KTVQ , 1/19/18)


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