Government Shutdown Could Have Local Impact

A federal government shut down is looking more likely with President Trump demanding congress fund the Mexican border wall.

On Thursday, Republicans in the house approved nearly $6 billion dollars for the controversial project.

It’s now in the hands of the senate. Many expect the bill to be dead on arrival and not passed by the democrats.

After backing off earlier in the week, President Trump made it clear he’s not signing any spending bill until it included money for the wall. If congress cannot agree on the bill, the government will shut down.

“I’ve made my position very clear: any measure that funds the government must include border security,” said Trump.

The deadline for the spending bill is Friday at midnight. If the government shuts down, that could mean a few things for you:

Loans through the Federal Housing Administration could be delayed

Homebuyers and homeowners who are purchasing or refinancing a mortgage through the FHA could see delays on their loans.

“We don’t see that this is going to impede business, might be a little bit of a hiccup, might cause some short delays, but we don’t see it stopping anything, we are proceeding as normal,” said broker Randy Brown of Versatile Mortgage.

National Parks could have short staffing

In some cases, shutdowns cause National Parks to run on skeleton crews and close certain services and buildings like restrooms and visitor centers. Other parts of the park are closed off. It is not yet clear if the shutdown will affect the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Passport applications will be put on the back-burner

Depending on how long the shutdown last, some travelers may see a delay in this process.

Mail, VA services, Social Security and more will not be affected

This shutdown could affect 400,000 employees, but even during shutdowns, essential services will remain up and running.

The mail from the US Postal Service will still run, the Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs building will be open and Social Security checks will still be processed.

Travelers will not see any impact at the airport, either.

“Any time there’s a government shutdown, essential services are still kept in place, those include air traffic control, and the TSA,” said Kevin Klein, director of the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. “We don’t see any impact for travelers in the holiday season.”