If shutdown occurs, Carrollton VA clinic will remain open – Times-Georgian: News

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If shutdown occurs, Carrollton VA clinic will remain open – Times-Georgian: News

f you’re planning on getting a passport or traveling to a national park Tuesday, you may find yourself out of luck if the government shutdown occurs at midnight Monday.

But most Carroll County residents would feel little immediate effect from a government closure, since major federal locations here, such as the post office and Veterans Affairs clinic, will remain open regardless. Social Security checks and veteran benefits also would continue to go out.

Concern has been growing nationwide that if Congress fails to approve budget spending legislation, many U.S. government offices would close, furloughing as many as 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal workers. Congress must pass a temporary spending bill before Oct. 1 to prevent a shutdown.

“Since post offices are a semi-privatized operation, they’ll remain open,” said Dr. Robert Sanders, a University of West Georgia political science professor. “Other essential services, such as veterans hospitals will also remain open. But it will hit a lot of non-essential services, such as national parks, museums and national forests.”

Trinka Davis Veterans Village will be among the federal facilities unaffected by a government closing.

“We plan to continue with business as usual,” said Candace Hull, deputy director of the VA Office of Public Affairs (Southern Region), which oversees the Carrollton facility. “We haven’t received any indication that a closing will occur.”

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