The Battle in Congress on Spending and Debt - NYTimes.com
"Q. What would be the concrete effects of a shutdown?
A. If past shutdowns are a guide, federal employees deemed essential, including uniformed service members and some diplomats, would continue working. Many civilian employees of the military would be furloughed.
Most federal workers providing medical care, air traffic control, airport security, border protection, prisoner custody and disaster assistance would continue working. Mail would be delivered. The new federal health care program would remain largely untouched, allowing people to sign up for insurance plans under the law starting on Tuesday.
But hundreds of thousands of workers would be sent home. Parks, museums and monuments would be closed. Medical research would be curtailed, and much federal loan processing halted. Social Security and Medicare checks would still go out — they come from a trust fund, not from discretionary payments — but new claims might be delayed.
Members of Congress, incidentally, are deemed essential and would continue to be paid.”
I’d much rather see Congress work without pay until they come to an agreement on a budget. Not a CR, a budget.
If you’re going to be classified as essential, then start working together. Otherwise, I think we’ll get about as much done with you as we would without.
A member of the American People