Government shutdown- Hitting small businesses

House Democrats will move to reopen government

Sam Samhouri’s corner cafe in Oakland sits on what might typically be considered the main part of the real property: Directly across the road from 18 floors office building.

The problem for Samhouri is the campus which supplies most of his clients is the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building.

Since the closure entered its 11th day on New Year’s Day there were indications the lapse was starting to have an impact, not just on the tens of thousands of federal employees who’ve been furloughed or required to work without pay, but additionally on the businesses that rely on them.

Whilst the impact has been obscured by Christmas, when government agencies were already scheduled to be closed, it might become more pronounced as much of the country returns to work Wednesday. Some companies are awaiting the government loan approval.

The shutdown began Dec. 22 when President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats failed to achieve a deal over White House requirements for just as much as $5 billion in additional financing for a boundary wall.

National parks stayed open, although some reduced their services. Smithsonian museums in Washington have accommodated visitors thus far, but are expected to close this week. Social Security checks have continued and airport screeners stay at work.

 Federal workers hit.

This time it is going to hurt a lot more due to the time of year it’s, said Justin Tarovisky, a correction officer in a federal jail in West Virginia and the executive VP of the regional American Federation of Government Employees union.

Back in the past, such as the 16 day shutdown in 2013, national workers received pay. But that outcome isn’t guaranteed since it requires Congress and the White House to work together to pass a law mandating the rear pay.

Both Tarovisky and Baugh stressed they were talking on behalf of the union, not to their agencies.

The AFGE resisted The Trump government on Monday, claiming it’s illegal to demand essential government employees to work without pay.

While Trump has delayed his annuals visit to Florida to stay in Washington throughout the impasse there was little proof negotiations to solve the standoff were still underway.

Trump and congressional Democrats continued to trade partisan jabs, a sign that officials were not anywhere close to a deal to open closed agencies.

House Democrats, who’ll take control of that chamber Thursday, were readying a proposal to reopen the authorities by providing full year financing for the majority of departments. The proposition would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, giving either side additional time to strike a deal on border security.

This legislation reopens government agencies, ensures employees get the pay checks they have earned and restores certainty to the lifestyles Of the American people, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint announcement on Monday.

Small businesses waiting.

The absence of progress has left some tiny businesses in from the lurch.

When Andrew Rickabaugh and his brother-in law decided to start a restoration business this year in Huntsville, Alabama, they reached out to the Small Business Administration to a guarantee a loan to help them buy equipment.

The Small Business Administration guaranteed over $30 billion in loans to companies in the fiscal year that ended in 2017 but processing of most loans was suspended when the agency closed.

Rickabaugh said he’s pushing forward with the business, relying on his own credit. He described the government shutdown as a “speed bump that we will overcome whether that loan comes through or not.”

Officials near federal park lands remained concerned about how an extended shutdown might affect local businesses. In Florida, most of the state’s federal wildlife refuges and parks were at least partially open Monday.

Everglades City Mayor Howie Grimm said keeping those businesses running is crucial to protecting his town.


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