In a statement on the holiday weekend, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said: "The funding of the federal government may fail, but that does not relieve the USDA of its responsibility for securing the life and property provided by the services we service."
According to the statement, 61% of the Ministry of Agriculture's staff would continue to work the first week of a standstill, but that figure would decrease as the standstill lasts.
The agency's bureaus most affected by the closure include the Food and Nutrition Services Bureau, Child Nutrition, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women , Infants Monitored and Children (WIC). By the fifth day of downtime, the workforce will be reduced by 95%.
As of Tuesday, there was a message on the Department's website stating, "Due to a failure of government funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated, and once the funding is restored, online operations will continue."
Eligible households continue to receive monthly SNAP benefits in January. However, other domestic food aid programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, WIC and the Indian Food Reservation Food Distribution Program are operational only on the basis of available resources. Additional federal funds and raw materials are not provided during the standstill.
Children's nutrition programs, including school meals, school breakfasts, child and adult care, summer food service and specialty milk will continue in February.
The Department of Agriculture will maintain meat, poultry and processed egg inspection services. Inspections of food imports and exports continue during standstill .
An end to the stalemate did not seem to be in sight Tuesday when President Trump hotbed the budget. After a call with US troops, the President said, "I can not tell you when the government is open, I can tell you that it will not be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they want Calling it. "
Protecting and Improving the Well-being of Americans
The Ministry of Health and Human Services expects that nearly 8,000 federal employees will not return to work on Wednesday as the closure continues. This number corresponds to about a quarter of the staff of the department.
The largest part of the department is financed over the financial year, and the vacant positions and departments are financed by means of agriculture and the Ministry of Interior.
For the Department of Health and Human Services, activities that would continue include the Indian Health Service clinics, the Poison and Disease Registry's response efforts, and specific Food and Drug Administration activities, including responses Emergencies and handling of high-risk recalls.
Alex Azar, Minister of Health and Human Services, assured the country that the ministry's public missions will be maintained despite holidays and stagnation.
"Thousands of my @HHSGov colleagues work regularly on weekends and holidays, and many are tasked with working through stoppages to fulfill our mission of protecting and improving the health and well-being of all Americans, and I'm grateful for their commitment & proud to be her colleague, "Azar said on Twitter.
According to the department, the FDA's public health missions are critical, such as detecting and responding to outbreaks related to food-borne illness and the flu, which supports high-risk food and medical recalls Products that are subject to criminal and specific civil-law investigations, where public health risks being compromised, the investigation of food and medical products imported into the United States, and the resolution of other critical public health issues will continue.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb thanked the staff of the FDA, who continued to undergo the closure. "I'm so proud to run an agency led by so many dedicated people, working on a holiday and shutting down the government to fulfill their commitment in America," Gottlieb said on Twitter.
As of Tuesday evening, a message titled "FDA Lapse in Funding" appeared on the agency's website on the home page. The message in part states that "the Agency's activities will continue to the extent permitted by law, such as activities required to prevent imminent threats to human security and activities involving transmission appropriations financed by user fees. "
According to HHS, as of Wednesday, December 26, around 41% of FDA employees would be fired.
The Department said that about 65% of the staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Pollutants and Disease Registers will not return to work that day as well.