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Fallout grows into new year with increasing expenditure break: NPR



Rock climber at Joshua Tree National Park, which was open, but its visitor centers closed on Saturday, December 22, 201

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Rock climber at Joshua Tree National Park, which was open but closed to other facilities because the government closed on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

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Christmas is usually one of the busiest times of the year at Joshua Tree National Park in California as rock climbers and car-campers flock to the desert.

The cactus and campers will be there as usual this year. But the rangers, who normally patrol the park, were blown up by the Washington dispute, which forced the closure of about a quarter of the federal government.

"The visitor centers are closed," said John Lauretig, managing director of the charitable Friends of Joshua Tree National Park. "All bathrooms are still open, but they are not currently serviced by Park Service, so the local community has teamed up and started cleaning the bathrooms and refilling the toilet paper."

When Partial Government Cancellation Occurs On the second weekend without uncompromising prospects, Lauretig and others are looking for a long-term project.

"When the dumpsters are full and the pit toilets are full, what solutions can we find to solve these problems?" asked he.

Washington policy-makers left little hope for a quick compromise.

"President Trump told reporters this week that he insists that Congress provide $ 5 billion for its proposed border wall, and Democrats who will take control of the house next week have rejected it leaving large government departments – including Homeland Security, Home Office and State – without permission to issue expenses.

So far, the effects of partial closure have been an inconvenience for some, and invisible to many, leaving some 400,000 critical federal employees in their jobs even though they are not being paid at the moment, this effect only really becomes visible when their next paychecks are due on January 11. However, the longer the shutdown will take, the greater the impact will be. [19659017] The garbage in a box runs on December 27, 2018 near the Lincoln Memori in Washington, DC, as some government services were discontinued during a partial government decommissioning.

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Trash in a box overflows on December 27, 2018 near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., as some government services were discontinued during a partial government shutdown.

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"More things will come to a standstill," said Jacqueline Simon, director of the American Association of Government Employees, the largest union of federal workers. "There were a few agencies that were hit by the funding gap and had a bit of money left to bring them by the end of the year, but that money will be scarce."

For example, the EPA has announced it will cease operations at midnight on Friday. The Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo will close their doors on January 2nd.

The Food Stamps program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) and the School Feeding Program will be funded until January, but could be successful if the closure goes beyond that.

White House economist Kevin Hassett predicted that closing the US economy would not cause lasting damage. However, he admitted that the unemployment rate could be hit if hundreds of thousands of federal workers were still idle in a few weeks.

"That would be more of a temporary thing," Hassett said. "It's not something we expect to be really essential to the prospects."

The skating rink of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is skating on Thursday, December 27, 2018, with a partial government shutdown in Washington. The museum and skating rink will be closed to the public after shutdown after 2 January as it passes into the new year.

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On Thursday, December 27, 2018, the skating rink of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden will be in Washington. The museum and skating rink will be closed to the public after January 2 after shutting down if it continues in the New Year.

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As usual, social security and Medicare payments are still made.

However, filing for FHA-backed mortgages could be delayed. FEMA also entered the housing market when it said it would stop selling flood insurance during downtime – a move that could jeopardize some 40,000 home sales in flood-prone areas each month.

"You can not get the mortgage," said Allan Dechert, who heads the National Association of Realtors Insurance Committee.

Under pressure, FEMA resigned late Friday, saying that it will continue to sell flood insurance during the shutdown] At the moment volunteers are scrubbing toilets at the Joshua Tree National Park. But devotees say that this is not a substitute for the park rangers who usually keep an eye on Native American art and other history of the desert landscape.

"There are rare and unique artefacts up there that must be protected by a fully protected animal." Staff at the National Park Service, "said Lauretig," My concern right now is that these unique things in the park are unprotected. "

Lylong Parkkeeper Dylan Moe at the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park provides parking tickets to visitors on Saturday December 22, 2018. The park was open, but its visitor center and other facilities were closed due to partial state closure.

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Lonely park attendant Dylan Moe at the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park will provide parking tickets to his visitors on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The park was open, but the visitor center and other facilities were closed due to the partial closure of the government.

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