Good Morning Listener Family.  

I will try to answer questions about the impending shutdown without offering political spin.  If you catch me, call me on it, and I will fess up and take my medicine.

Why is the goverment facing a shutdown.

Because Congress has not approved any spending past Midnight Monday Night.

What hasn't Congress approved a spending package?

Because a group of conservative Republicans in the house won't vote in favor of  a new budget unless funding for the Affordable Care Act is removed.


Democrats won't approve a new budget that doesn't include full funding for the Affordable Care Act.

What is the latest from Washngton? Saturday 7am

The Senate passed a spending bill Friday (54 to 44) and sent it to House.  The Senate bill restored funding for the Affordable Care Act.  There is no way to know what the House will do, but when they do, I will post the information. 

When will the government start shutting down.

At midnight at the end of Monday.

Does the entire government shutdown?

No.  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other "entitlement" programs that are funded automatically will escape the worst effects.

air traffic controllers and firefighters contracted by the National Forest Service would continue to work.  Park most researcherss would not. 

USA TODAY estimates that about 41 percent of nondefense federal employees will be laid off. but 59% will continue working.

Our Military remains on duty, but they will not be paid.  

Will I still get my mail?


What will be the impact of a shutdown?

All national parks and federal wildlife refuges would be closed.

1.4 million active-duty military personnel must remain on the job but won't get paid until a new deal is signed into law.

Active National Guard units also must continue to work.

Most civilian employees of the Defense Department will be laid off. 

You may expect delays getting a passport or visa.

There would be delays in getting gun permits, continuing U.S. bankruptcy court cases and approving mortgage applications.

Many congressional and White House staffers also may have to stay home. But members of Congress and the president are exempt from furloughs and will be paid.