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How a government shutdown would impact our area

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The government shutdown could affect everything from travel plans to home-buying and some school programs.

Phenix City Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Dichiara is concerned his district's Head Start program would not get funding and might have to close.

There are 1,600 Head Start programs across the country. In Phenix City around 220 kids take advantage of the federal program that provides early-education to low-income students. Dr. Dichiara said Phenix City is one of the districts that is supposed to start receiving funding Tuesday, but if a shutdown is not averted they might not get it.

"Couple of days ago I got a phone call from a superintendent saying that they had received a communication saying that all Head Starts across the country would be shut down," said Dr. Dichiara. But Dichiara said he also got an e-mail from a Head Start official that said something a little different, leaving him skeptical about what will really happen. "...All federal staff will be furloughed until further notice," Dr. Dichiara read part of the letter Monday.

Dr. Dichiara said a few Alabama school districts have already started making plans to close their Head Start programs. "We haven't made that decision yet...We're going to see what happens tonight and then we'll make some decisions tomorrow."

Nearly 400 national parks are also slated to close if there is a government shutdown. In our area that means Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Andersonville National Historic Site won't be open to the public anymore.

Gun permits will not be processed anytime soon because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives will be impacted as well.

Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits will keep coming. Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs will also continue.

Active duty military will not be affected, but thousands of Department of Defense civilian employees stand to be furloughed. In a release Monday afternoon Fort Benning said everyone should report to work tomorrow, where

further discussion will happen if needed.

The U.S. postal service will continue operating, as well as food inspections and air traffic control systems, but it might take longer to get passports processed.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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