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Local Impact of Federal Shutdown



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    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia. Social Security checks will go out and the troops will remain at post. Furloughed federal workers may get paid late but virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the border patrol and the Coast Guard would keep running if the budget standoff leads to a government shutdown. The little-known fact about a government shutdown is this: the government doesn't truly shut down. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower, File)

    The first government shutdown in 17 years officially began Tuesday and Connecticut residents will feel the impact here. 

    Around 9,000 civilian federal workers in the state are expected to face furloughs.

    National parks and museums, including the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, at 733 Old Clinton Road in Westbrook, are closed.

    U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy's office is also closed during the shutdown. 

    "Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, our office is currently closed and operating with limited staff. As a result, we may not be able to assist you immediately. If your matter is urgent, please call 860-549-8463. We hope to reopen as soon as possible," his Senate Web site says.     

    Should the shutdown last for more than a few days, the impact will be even deeper.

    The federal courthouse in New Haven plans to remain open during the shutdown, but can only last 10 days. After that, the reserve funds will be depleted and only essential employees would continue to work.

    Funding for Head Start programs would start declining.

    The state Department of Veterans' Affairs said there will be no immediate disruption of compensation, pension and disability checks.

    If the shutdown continues through the end of October, there is concern that there might be an interruption of benefits, according to a statement from the department. 

    The state has 52,000 veterans who use VA healthcare and all VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational, including the pharmacy and inpatient/outpatient services. 

    Click here to see which veterans services would be affected.

    Congress members said thousands of workers in the private sector whose jobs rely on federal defense contracts could also be affected.

    One of those companies is Habco Inc. in Glastonbury, which manufactures products for the aerospace industry, is highly dependent on government contracts.

    "At the end of the day, if we don't get the business we need to, we're going to have to make tough decisions,"  Brian Montanari, of Habco, said.

    The shutdown will not affect people in need of passports. The U.S. government is still processing passport applications. Processing times remain at four weeks or less and two weeks for expedited service.

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