No gun permits, no walks in the park, and no federal loans. These “non-essential services” may be suspended at midnight tonight if Congress doesn’t reach an agreement.

State parks will be open, but they may be your only option. National Parks and the people who work there are also considered “non-essential.” Hikers passing through National Parks will be given two days to get out so the parks can shut down.

Avid hiker Soul Driscoll says he can’t imagine being kicked out after planning a months long hike in a National Park.

“I’d be heartbroken. And I know there are a lot of hikers who would be more heartbroken than I am. Basically….the government would be killing their dreams.”

And he’s not the only one. Federal employees who make the “non-essential list” are in limbo to find out if they’ll have to miss days, and as a result, their paycheck, until Congress reaches an agreement.

Federal employees working in the Department of Agriculture were tight-lipped as they wait to see if their jobs will be put on hold tonight.

This category of “non-essential” employees includes over 800,000 people, according to the Washington Post.

Essential jobs include homeland security and post office workers, while more clerical department positions may be put on hold.

Slow downs in other government services are all dependent on how long this shut down last.

Blake Ansley


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