By Alex Gronke
A partial federal government shutdown will begin on Tuesday, reports the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
This will impact national parks, shutting down popular tourist attractions in the Bay Area such as Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, a parks spokeswoman said.
The deadline for Congress to pass a budget was midnight eastern time, and no agreement was reached by then, grinding many government operations to a halt.
All destinations in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as Fort Point and Muir Woods, will be closed to visitors, National Park Service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said.
The Bay Area's national parks draw about 17 million visitors per year, she said. The gates will be shut.
Here is a list of other affected Bay Area facilities from to the National Park Service:
National Parks in S.F. Bay Area
- Fort Point National Historic Site
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- Pony Express National Historic Trail
- Presidio of San Francisco
- Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
- San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
What else can be expected during a government shutdown?
The postal service will deliver mail.
Federal courts will stay open for about 10 days before furloughs start interrupting normal business, according to NBC.
Air traffic controllers and airport screeners will remain at their posts.
Embassies and consulates around the world will stay open. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement will watch the borders and process Green Card applications.
While some civilian Pentagon bureaucrats will be furloughed, the 1.4 million active service military personnel will stay on duty. So will the Coast Guard.
Veterans will still be able to visit hospitals and receive their benefits, but some appeals for denied services may be postponed.
Food stamps will continue for a month, but WIC will close, according to CNN.
Medicare payments will be made.
NASA will keep mission control open. The National Weather Service will provide weather forecasts. However, in what could be a problematic consequence of a shutdown for Californians wanting to know the magnitude of a temblor, the United States Geological Survey will close.
You’ll still have to pay your federal taxes, but the IRS will put audits on hold.
Don’t see the government agency or program you’re looking for? Here’s a comprehensive list from CNN.
Who is to blame for the shutdown?
released Monday by the Pew Research Center shows Americans were almost equally divided
over who they would blame if the government should shut down. Of those
responding, 39 percent said the blame lies with the Republicans while 36
percent blame the Obama administration and 17 percent said both were to blame.
A few also said neither was to blame or they didn't know.
-- Bay City News Service contributed to this report