Roundup of Spokane Impacts from Government Shutdown
By Paige Browning
On day two of the partial federal government shutdown, the northwest is still bracing for the biggest repercussions. Most of critical programs in the northwest have not been affected, but for some it’s just a matter of time.
Fairchild Air Force Base is running as normal, though its civilian workers not in key positions were furloughed Tuesday.
The supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC) can operate on extra funds in Spokane until October 10th. WIC Spokane encourages clients to use their October checks at grocery stores before the 10th.
Spokane Housing Authority says it sees no immediate threat to current operations. But, a delay in receiving funding would mean the October funding for landlord rents would be delayed for local agencies who administer the Section 8 housing voucher.
The Employment Security Department in the state will function as normal until next Monday (Oct 7). After that, most of the administrative functions will stop. It will give unemployment benefits checks for at least a few more weeks.
The affects of government shutdown will not hit the federal court in Eastern Washington until October 15th, but next week judge’s in Spokane will meet to determine the court’s essential functions. A clerk at Spokane’s federal court says if the shutdown goes past the 15th, all staff members will be furloughed.
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