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Government shutdown won't affect manatee visitors but may affect you in other ways

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 23:13:24-05

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — If Congress can’t agree on a budget by midnight on Friday, the government will shut down.

The main manatee viewing area in Crystal River — including Three Sisters Springs — is all part of a “National Wildlife Refuge", which means it could be affected.

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But the city of Crystal River, who is in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife in operating the springs, says visitors won't be affected if there is a shutdown. 

Other federal operations you may be wondering about like the post office won't close either. The postal service is independently funded. 

Though getting a passport could be slowed down if the government is shut down for too long. 

And the IRS processing your taxes could slow dramatically if the government is closed for a while.

Those with V.A. benefits may see slower processing times on cases.

Social security is a mandatory program so that won’t be affected. 

As for all National Parks, those will closed if there is a government shutdown.

The last government shutdown happened in 2013. Military men and women on active duty continued to work, but didn't get paid until the shutdown ended.

"Certainly doesn't help you when you want to put food on the table. You're going from paycheck to paycheck so that does cause a hardship on everybody involved," said Chuck Ross, veteran.

Congress repaid all of the service members once the shutdown ended after 16 days. Rich Hurney served in the South Dakota National Guard for 30 years.

"I don't think it will impact the military at all. He's(President Trump) not going to send those people home. We really can't afford to be without a defense," said Rich Hurney, veteran.