On Federal Shutdown Impact in Tennessee

Nearly 3,000 federal workers in East Tennessee and thousands of others across the state would be out of a job if the federal government shuts down, a scenario that now seems likely with a midnight deadline fast approaching and negotiators still failing to agree upon a spending plan, reports Michael Collins.
“I don’t want it – I don’t know of anybody on our side of the aisle who wants it, so we ought to get a consensus,” a frustrated U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, said of the looming shutdown.
… If a shutdown occurs, the mail will still run, Social Security checks will still be delivered and veterans hospitals will remain open.
“The average East Tennessean probably will not notice it unless they are a federal worker or unless it drags on longer than a few days or a week or so,” said Patrick Newton, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville.
Nearly 11,000 federal workers and retirees live in East Tennessee, but only about 3,000 would be out of a job, according to statistics from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
That is because most are employed by the U.S. Postal Service or are federal retirees. Neither group would be affected by a government shutdown.
Statewide, nearly 30,000 federal employees would be out of work if the government stops running.

For more, see other accounts on shutdown impact, in Chattanooga Times-Free Press, The Tennesseean and the Commercial Appeal — all with a regional emphasis.

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