Monday afternoon, the Senate voted to end the government shutdown three days after it began by passing a short-term funding bill that would keep the government open until February 8. The bill will now go to the house.
Senate agrees to deal to end government shutdown
-- The Senate Monday passed a bill that would re-open the federal government until Feb. 8.
On the Senate floor Monday morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he and Republican Senate leaders reached an agreement that would end the shutdown after three days.
Schumer praises his Republican counterparts and slams Trump for not working on a deal during the shutdown: “The bipartisan group, in a very fine way, filled the glaring absence of the President in these talks” https://t.co/mOrUPApgsLhttps://t.co/QlX8CQdudB
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin: "The question now is how we move forward. What I have seen here on the floor of the Senate in the last few days is something I have not seen for years: constructive, bipartisan conversations and dialogue” https://t.co/4BJfstCwcK
San Diego military bases respond to shutdown
-- Officials at San Diego-area military bases issued statements on how they are operating during the government shutdown.
Throughout the furlough, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton will be able to maintain essential services and range operations to allow our units to continue to train for scheduled deployments and to sustain preparedness as America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness.
Camp Pendleton employs approximately 1,600 government service employees, of which approximately 64% are furlough eligible.
Our civilian police officers will not be impacted, as they are considered essential personnel and are vital for ensuring security of the base and safety of our force, families and employees. Medical care will also continue to be provided as an essential service for the health and safety of our force, families, veterans and employees.
The exchange services aboard Camp Pendleton will remain in operation as they are provided under separate funding.
We are hopeful Congress reaches an agreement in the near future so we can return to normal operations.
Naval Base Coronado officials said:
-- All Entry Controls Points will operate as scheduled
-- Airfield and Port Operations will operate as scheduled for military operations
-- The Visitor Control Center will be closed
-- The Small Arms Range will be closed
-- All Fleet and Family Services including CDC, gym, movie theater, golf course, bowling alley, liberty center, marina, pizza parlor, etc. will remain open
-- However, the commissaries will be open only Mon - Wed and close Thurs. and closed for the duration of the government shutdown
-- Childcare facilities for military personnel will be open
Base officials added:
-- Please call ahead to any Navy installation facilities you may want to use to determine if it is open and if there are any changes to hours of operation
-- Please double-check information with appropriate authorities regarding pay and housing impacts posted on non-government social media sites as not all of this information may be accurate
-- Civilian employees who are designated "non-exempt" should report to work on their next shift or workday to receive their furlough letter. If you are unsure of your status, please contact your supervisor
-- When the government shutdown ends, civilian personnel should return to work on their next shift or work day. If you have questions about returning to work, please contact your supervisor
By law, during a government shutdown the Marine Corps is only allowed to conduct "excepted" activities designed to protect life and property, to include authorized military operations, police, fire and emergency services, and activities that directly support such efforts. Military personnel and excepted civilian personnel will continue to work through the period of shutdown.
-- 850,000 government employees were furloughed in 2013. A similar number of employees are expected to be affected this time around
-- 1.3 million active-duty military members may not get paid, but will be expected to go to work anyway
-- 1.87 million could be exempted from furlough including those who work for at the Transportation Security Administration and food safety inspectors, Border Patrol officers and federal prison guards
-- 700,000 undocumented immigrants who are part of DACA as no fix is in place ahead of the March 5 deadline
-- 9 million children under the Children's Health Insurance Program will have less centainty about the future of the program
Some national parks, monuments closed during shutdown
-- Numerous national parks, monuments and museums will be closed for as long as the government shutdown remains in effect.
Popular destinations such as Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountain Park and Yosemite National Park will see services impacted by the shutdown.