Gwinnett Daily Post | Parks close, employees laid off during government shut down

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Oct

Gwinnett Daily Post | Parks close, employees laid off during government shut down

For campers at Lake Lanier, a government shutdown may have been enough to ruin a family vacation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campsite closed Tuesday, along with the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area and other federal parks, after a congressional stalemate over the nation’s debt ceiling caused the U.S. government to shut down.

While the Gwinnett County Airport’s air traffic control tower has remained operational and officials have promised government payments from Social Security and unemployment will continue, thousands of local people who work for the federal government have been laid off until a compromise is found.

According to Derick Corbett, the chief of staff for Congressman Rob Woodall, the Republican who represents much of Gwinnett, President Barack Obama has some discretion over which government programs will be shut down, so much of the actual impact was hard to determine Tuesday.

But Andy Phelan, spokesman for Congressman Hank Johnson, said the impact could widespread, from the state’s 79,000 federal employees to the 166,389 small businesses with no access to Small Business Association programs to the 25,112 Georgia kids in HeadStart programs.

“House Republicans control one half of one of three branches of government,” said Johnson said, a Democrat whose district includes a portion of southern Gwinnett. “For them to allow the tea party extremist wing of their caucus to lead this nation into a government shutdown unless Congress kills the healthcare law is more than unnecessary — it is selfish, it is reckless and it is destructive to the nation’s economic recovery.”

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