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Government responses to shutdown questions UPDATE

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The Energy, Commerce and Defense departments seem to be on the same page, at least when it comes to handling media inquires about a possible government shutdown.

As a matter of course, here is what the Defense Department sent over:

As a matter of course, the Department of Defense plans for contingencies. In fact, since 1980, all agencies have had to have a plan in case of a government shutdown, and these plans are updated routinely. We will do everything we have to do to continue to support the deployed troops. The Department must also continue many other operations necessary for the safety of human life and protection of property. These types of activities will be “exempt” from cessation. All other activities would need to be shut down in an orderly and deliberate fashion.

Federal Times received similiar responses from other agencies…

Here is a response from the Energy Department (Emphasis added).

As a matter of course, our agency plans for contingencies, but this is besides the point since, as the bipartisan congressional leadership has said on a number of occasions and as the President has made clear, no one anticipates or wants a government shutdown. The Department is working with both sides on Capitol Hill to fund the government and keep its vital services and functions operating.

Here is the response from the Commerce Department:

As a matter of course, the Commerce Department plans for contingenciesIn fact, since 1980, all agencies have had to have a plan in case of a government shutdown, and these plans are updated routinely.  All of this is beside the point since, as the bipartisan congressional leadership has said on a number of occasions and as the President has made clear, no one anticipates or wants a government shutdown. The administration will work with both sides on Capitol Hill to fund the government and keep its vital services and functions operating.

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  1. Belinda Says:
    February 24th, 2011 at 6:57 am

    With a shut down how will it affect avenge working people who can’t afford this? Is any one thing about that? Everyone doesn’t make the kind of money the people who are making this decision. Some of us live check to check so if we don’t get a check what happens to our family especially single parents

  2. Mary Says:
    February 24th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Yes, we want to know.

  3. Jackie Says:
    February 25th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    When this happened in the early 90′s, we actually got paid, however it was 3 weeks of unknown and we had to sign up for unemployment. This is a political power play, and we are helpless to do anything about it. My best advice, enjoy your time off, if it happens, and don’t stress and dwell over what you have no control.

  4. Marc Says:
    February 25th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    How are title 38 employees designated non-essential or not? Are the clinical nurses only deemed essential, or is it all title 38 employees?

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