How does the government shutdown affect us locally? - WSMV Channel 4

How does the government shutdown affect us locally?

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

After failing to meet the deadline for a budget agreement, Congress has caused a shutdown of the federal government.

The effects will be felt nationwide, but how will the government shutdown affect us here locally?

What is affected:

  • The commissary at Fort Campbell will be open for a full business day on Tuesday, but will be closed on Wednesday.
  • Civilian employees will be put on furlough (includes 25,000 workers statewide and 800,000 nationwide).
  • More than 1,500 Tennessee National Guard military technicians and contract employees throughout the state placed on unpaid furlough.
  • All national parks will be closed, including the 12 in Tennessee.

What will not be affected:

  • Law enforcement
  • Fire services
  • Hospital emergency rooms
  • Soldiers will be paid on time
  • Soldier training and operations in direct support of national security and preparation for deployment
  • Department of Defense Education Activity (classes will remain in session at Fort Campbell)
  • Child care facilities operated by the installation Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate at Fort Campbell
  • Post exchange operations at Fort Campbell (should not be affected, but some transactions could be delayed)
  • Food stamps
  • School lunches provided by the government
  • Social Security benefits
  • Banks are open
  • Post offices are open
  • The Nashville International Airport will be open

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