Zouhir Chbakou, Rabat- Many United States government services have come screeching to a halt as the congress cannot agree on a budget for the fiscal year.
According to the official website of the government, some of the services and operations will be impacted until Congress passes a budget to fund them again.
Below is a list of the services that have been affected:
• Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
• Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits have been closed to the public.
• Veterans’ compensation, pension, education, and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown.
• Every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, are closed.
• New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees are halted.
• Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas have come to a halt, and new patients are not accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
• Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, have stopped. The EPA has stopped non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
• Permits and reviews for planned energy and transportation projects have stopped, preventing companies from working on these projects. The same applies to loans to rural communities.
• Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees, including many charged with protecting the U.S from terrorist threats, defending its borders, inspecting its food, and keeping its skies safe will work without pay until the shutdown ends.
• Hundreds of thousands of additional federal workers will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay.
Meanwhile, some other governmental services will continue during the government shutdown.
For instance, Social Security beneficiaries will continue receiving checks and the U.S. Postal Service will keep delivering mail.
Active military will continue serving. Air traffic controllers, prison guards, and border patrol agents will remain on the job.
NASA Mission Control will continue supporting astronauts serving on the Space Station, yet the latter’s official website is not functioning.