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How could the partial government shutdown affect you?

Posted: 9:03 AM, Dec 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-22 18:27:44Z

The partial government shutdown is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees. Nine federal departments and several smaller agencies ran out of money during the fight about funding for a border wall and security.

President Trump said on Twitter on Saturday that the shutdown could be a long one.

Here is how the government shutdown may affect you:

MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Flights and the TSA will not be affected by the shutdown.

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

Checkpoints will remain open for international travelers.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

People can still obtain passports and visas although the State Department could curtail issuing them if those services are offered in buildings run by another agency that has been shut down.

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

The post office will stay open and mail will not be affected.

SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK

You will still receive your social security check.

MEDICARE

Benefits will still be provided.

VETERANS HOSPITALS AND BENEFITS

Veterans hospitals will not be closed. Veterans will also continue to receive disability pay and GI Bill benefits.

SNAP AND WIC

Benefits available for the Supplemental Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children program as long as money is available. There should not be any immediate impact.

NORAD'S SANTA TRACKER

NORAD will still be tracking St. Nick around the world on Christmas.

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

Park roads, lookouts, trails and launch ramps at Lake Mead National Recreation Area will remain accessible to visitors.

There will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, including public information, janitorial services, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance.

The NPS will not be providing services for NPS-operated campgrounds at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, including maintenance, janitorial, bathrooms and trash removal. However, visitors in NPS-operated campgrounds will not be asked to leave unless safety concerns require such action. Please pack out what you pack in.

Some lodging, restaurants and other services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. Reservations at park motels and RV parks or for services such as raft or kayak tours should be confirmed by contacting the service provider or visiting their websites.

Emergency and rescue services will be limited.

RED ROCK CANYON NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA

The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center will not be open on Dec. 22. Click here for updates on closure information. https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/closure-information-december-2018/

TULE SPRINGS FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument will remain open during its normal hours from dawn to dusk.

Emergency and rescue services will be limited.

GRAND CANYON

Grand Canyon, which is a popular destination for Nevada residents, will remain open.

OTHER NATIONAL PARKS

The National Park Service has been shut down. Some National Park Service areas are accessible but that could change. There are no NPS-provided services in any national parks.

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

More than 30 million small businesses will no longer have access to federal loans of assistance from the Small Business Administration during the shutdown.

HOME BUYERS

People looking to buy a new home or refinance a morgage insured by the Federal House Administration will have to wait.

WEATHER SERVICES

Many federal agencies have ceased operations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey.

However, many NWS branches around the country plan to stay open and employees will be working without pay.

NASA

Mission controllers will remain at work to support astronauts on the International Space Station. NASA facilities will be closed to visitors and some research projects will be suspended.

RELATED: Shutdown Effects: Breakdown by Department and Agency

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The EPA has multi-year funding and additional means. It's 14,000 employees and services will bot be affected.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE

Approximately 5,000 Forest Service firefighters will continue working without pay during the shutdown.

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT'S FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION SERVICES AND CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

Inspections of meat and poultry will continue. A bare-bones team will also be on hand to consider recalls of products that "create a substantial and immediate threat to the safety of human life."

FBI, DEA, ATF ETC.

Large parts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,  the Bureau of Prisons and US attorneys' offices will remain open.

UNITED STATES MILITARY

Active duty members of the military are exempt from shutdown furloughs. In the past, Congress had to pass separate legislation to make sure that military members continued to be paid. There could be delays in paychecks depending on length of shutdown.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

About 55,000 Customs and Border Protection employees, about 55,000 Transportation Security Administration workers, about 44,000 Coast Guard employees, about 6,000 Secret Service employees and about 17,600 US Citizenship and Immigration Services workers will remain on the job through a shutdown.

IRS

The majority of employees of the IRS could be furloughed since tax season has yet to get underway.

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

The BLM is closed. Some areas are still accessible but that could change without notice. There will be no BLM-provided services during the shutdown.

U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES

All National Archives facilities are closed and activities are canceled until further notice.