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How the government shutdown affects West Michigan
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We are waking up Tuesday morning with our government on shutdown.
After back and forth votes for days the House and Senate reached a stalemate overnight.
This is the first federal government shutdown since 1995. All non-essential government workers will be sent home and some services have been shut down.
Hundreds of thousands of government employees will be out of work with their paychecks delayed.
But anything related to national security, public safety or programs written into permanent law will still go on as normal.
Here's what we know: Air traffic control stays open, so does all emergency medical care, border patrol, federal prisons, most law enforcement, emergency and disaster assistance, overseeing the banking system, operating the power grid, and guarding federal property.
The Post Office will still deliver mail, Social Security checks will still go out and food stamps will still work.
But here in West Michigan there will be furloughs at the Battle Creek Federal Building where there are hundreds of federal employees.
At Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta, National Guard members will be furloughed starting Tuesday and statewide a shut-down could affect 12,000 guardsmen.
The Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids will be forced to close, affecting 10 full time employees and displacing four ArtPrize entries. Two of the top 10 entries are inside the museum.
All national parks in Michigan and the rest of the county, like Sleeping Bear Dunes, will close right away.
WMU Professor and federal fiscal policy expert Kevin Corder says it will get worse the longer it lasts.
"If you think about dropping a million people, losing a million jobs at one time and salaries with that. Can you imagine the shock to the economy that would cause to the system, that's what we're talking about," said Corder. "If it drags on for a week or two weeks, or three weeks then you're looking at tremendous costs and that's what everyone is afraid of. The path to compromise is so tortuous, it's not going to take just a day of shutdown."
The military will not be affected. Late Monday night President Obama signed off on a bill to keep their paychecks coming.
Congress will report back to work at 9:30 Tuesday morning, but the Senate is already vowing to shoot down the latest efforts by the House, so it appears the stalemate will continue.