We are three days shy of a partial government shutdown, and some on the left are predicting the sky will fall if a budget deal is not struck. At the heart of the issue is the refusal of Democratic lawmakers to pass a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that also blocks President Obama’s executive action granting amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens. (Some liberal commentators are suggesting the GOP is seeking to delegitimize the president’s action but that implies the executive order was legitimate in the first place.)
So how big a deal would a DHS shutdown be? According to a fact check by the Associated Press, “most people will see little change if the department’s money flow is halted, and some of the warnings of doom are as exaggerated as they are striking.” The article explains:
[T]he reality is that a department shutdown would have a very limited impact on national security.
That’s because most department employees fall into exempted categories of workers who stay on the job in a shutdown because they perform work considered necessary to protect human life and property. Even in a shutdown, most workers across agencies, including the Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Customs and Border Protection, would continue to report to work.
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