Furloughs, closures begin as shutdown affects Ohio

Capitol Hill

The impacts of the partial federal government shutdown are beginning to ripple across the states, including northwest Ohio.

Across the state, nearly 52,000 Ohioans will be furloughed, most of whom are employed by the military.

Personnel with the Ohio Air National Guard are facing indefinite furloughs. Locally, the

180th Fighter Wing

, will suspend training.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton has closed, canceling all tours and other events.

Those looking to apply for social security benefits will have to wait until the end of the shutdown. However, the government says social security benefits will continue to be paid out for the duration of the shutdown. Food stamps will also continue.

Other impacts of the shutdown will include closed national parks, delays in government-backed mortgages and trimmed congressional staffs.

Postal service, through the United States Postal Service, is unaffected by the shutdown.

According to the Congressional Research Service there have been 17 shutdowns of the federal government since 1977. The most recent shutdown, in 1995, was also the longest. The federal government was shut down for 21 days from December 16, 1995 to January 5, 1996.


(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)

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