“The State Department’s ability to provide military assistance to Israel and other allies in the time frame that is expected and customary could be hindered, depending on the length of the shutdown.”
(Marie Harf, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokeswoman)
Directly and indirectly, we are all feeling it. Americans are being affected by our federal government’s shutdown – its first in seventeen years. The full impact on our quality of life is yet to be determined, should this become a prolonged situation.
According to President Obama, who places the blame on a “faction” of Republicans in the House of Representatives, “They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words they demanded ransom for doing their jobs.”
True, our mail is still being delivered. Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment benefits for those who are already recipients, continue. Agents and officers of the Department of Homeland Security remain on the job. And our nation’s 1.4 million active duty personnel in the military are on duty, although their paychecks may be delayed.
However, many government services and agencies are closed, suspended or otherwise affected. All federal government websites are down. If you’re a new retiree applying for Social Security, your appliciation is not being processed. Federal contractors are out of work. Federally funded museums, including the Smithsonian and National Zoo, are closed. Loan applications for small businesses, college tuition and mortgages are not being processed. All non-emergency Federal workers are not permitted to work – not even from home. The list goes on and on…
What are the far-reaching effects of this shutdown on other counties – specifically Israel? (to be continued…)