A shutdown Q&A

April 8, 2011

Here are answers to a few basic questions about how a spending deal struck Friday night would affect federal workers, tourists and taxpayers.

FEDERAL WORKERS

What does the stopgap funding bill passed Friday night mean for federal employees?

Federal employees are expected to report to work as normal on their next scheduled day, according to the Office of Management and Budget. All government operations will resume at full capacity, according to the OMB.

Agencies have asked employees to stay informed through the news media or to check the Office of Personnel Management’s Web site at www.opm.gov for updates on the government’s operating status.

TOURISTS

Will museums and federal attractions now be open?

President Obama answered this question Friday night as he addressed the nation: “I’m pleased to announce that the Washington Monument, as well as the entire federal government, will be open for business.”

What about public events this weekend?

The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival and performances at the Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument grounds will go on as scheduled. The National Cherry Blossom Parade will continue as planned, as will the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival and the George Washington Parkway Classic.

TAXPAYERS

Could we be back in the same situation, on the verge of a shutdown, six days from now, when the stopgap bill expires?

It’s possible, but that prospect appears unlikely. Congressional aides will use this time to write into legislative language the deal agreed to by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). The bill would then work its way through both houses and, barring any major obstacles along the way, should reach Obama’s desk before Thursday.

— Lyndsey Layton

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