The partial shutdown of the federal government is having an impact in the Coastal Empire as it closes national parks, including Fort Pulaski, in Chatham County.
800,000 federal workers are affected including the park rangers at the national monument near Tybee Island.
1st District Congressman, Earl “Buddy” Carter says he voted to keep the government going for two reasons: to support the funding of the border wall with Mexico and to get Georgia blueberry farmers what they need.
“Yes, the wall funding is very important, but also it includes disaster relief, particularly disaster relief for our blueberry farmers who need it so bad,” he said, adding, “Our blueberry farmers account for about $1 billion industry now and in the first district, it’s the backbone of our AG industry. So we’ve got to make sure they are taken care of.”
There are a number of essential federal services that are still operating in spite of the partial shutdown, including air traffic controllers, the TSA, and Amtrak.
Social Security Medicare and Medicaid remain staffed, as well as the military, border security, and the postal service.
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government that began Saturday affects about a quarter of the government. A top White House official warns the shutdown could stretch into January.