Sen. Murkowski Slams Partial Gov't Shutdown

    Washington, D.C. (KINY) - She says the shutdown will leave many without paychecks.

    Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a press release Sunday stating her opposition to the partial government shutdown.

    “Shutting down the government, even partially, is no way to govern. It is disruptive, harmful, wasteful, and could leave hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors without paychecks over Christmas,” Murkowski stated. “This year we worked hard to return to regular order in the appropriations process, voting bills out of committee and the Senate with strong bipartisan support. The Appropriations Committee did its work, but the votes are clearly not present in the Senate to provide $5 billion for the border wall and changing filibuster rules would only come back to haunt us in the future. We have to accept those realities and reopen the government as soon as possible. I remain committed to working with my colleagues on a solution to end this partial shutdown and fund the government.”

    Programs that have been funded for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2019 will continue to operate. Examples include Veterans Affairs and Defense. Federal employees whose agency or program has not yet been funded for the remainder of FY 2019 will be designated by their agency as “essential” or “non-essential”.Only essential employees — generally those who do work related to life safety, property protection, health, emergency response, and other work as determined by their agencies — will be allowed to report for work.

    The Department of Homeland Security will be deemed essential, which means employees will work, but without pay. Airports will remain open and air traffic controllers and TSA officials will remain on the job.

    National Parks that require staff will be closed except for essential personnel.

     

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