Government shutdown continues

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More than a month has passed since U.S. President Donald Trump called for a government shutdown, but the effects appear to be limited for Sealy residents.

The banks and post office are operating as usual but some are complaining about difficulty obtaining food stamps and delays at Houston airports.

About 35,000 Texans are on furlough due to the government shutdown, according to The Texas Tribune.

NASA employees, national park employees and others on the federal payroll – and businesses that rely on federal contracts – have been impacted. Transportation Security Administration employees are working without pay, prompting many to call in sick, and triggering massive delays at airports across the country.

Trump claims he won’t budge on his plan for a multibillion-dollar U.S.-Mexico border wall, saying he won’t back down until Congressional Democrats acquiesce, leaving thousands of Americans without paychecks in the meantime.

Several businesses in the Houston area began participating in “Furlough Friday,” in which they offered free food to government workers who could show a valid federal ID card.

Stay tuned to sealynews.com for the latest updates.

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