Potential government shut-down looms

inyonationalforestWhile Congress continues snarky rhetoric along party lines over the debt limit, the American people fear how congressional indecision may impact their lives. In the Eastern Sierra, federal agencies have not yet begun to plan for a government shut-down, but they do believe it’s a possibility.

When asked about this issue, Forest Service Public Information Officer Nancy Upham said there is no real planning or talking about a government shut down at this time. Upham does believe that if Congress fails to act on the debt ceiling by August 2nd, impacts will hit government operations.

Even before this latest possible crisis, the federal government delivered mid-summer budget cuts to the Inyo National Forest. Upham said she hopes to release more information on that this week. She did describe the mid-June budget as “significantly lower”. Upham said this will mean closures and reductions in service. The San Francisco Chronicle had reported that as of July 18th the Forest Service stopped leading public tours of the Mono Lake South Tufa area, which is on USFS land.

Upham did say that the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association wants to help with visitor centers under the cutback situation. Upham also said that the Inyo Forest has received no direction from Washington about a potential government shut down next week. Upham did refer us to a Washington, D.C. press contact.

An email from Matthew Herrick of the Department of Agriculture Office of Communications offered apparent rhetoric about the current situation. In response to Sierra Wave’s question about the debt limit vote and impact on government operations, Herrick said this in an email, “As the President has said repeatedly during the past 6 months, there is no alternative to raising the debt limit. The only way to prevent a default crisis and protect America’s creditworthiness is to enact a timely debt limit increase, which we remain confident Congress will do.” Herrick went on to say, “The President believes we will resolve this situation in a timely manner and avoid any disruption in government operations or payments.”

For those who find no comfort in the Department of Agriculture’s confidence in Congress, we placed a call to the Office of Management and Budget for their take on what may happen. We await their response.

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Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago

Here we go again with Govt,shutdown #2…….Grumpy old men,Let’s get together….again….and let’s all talk about how Bill O’reilly and Glenn Beck have proved Barrack Obama has ruined this Country…and if you don’t believe it,just watch FOX News ……after all,they couldn’t say it if it wasn’t true……right?

upthecreek
upthecreek
11 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Don’t Worry Wayne You will still get your Gov. Pension Check

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

I wish………

upthecreek
upthecreek
11 years ago

time for a new date on this article
Shut down #2 coming soon

Shut her down…PLEASE

Rob
Rob
11 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

upthecreek – they’ll shut it down, send everyone home, then still pay everyone. We might as well have them work so we taxpayers get something from the taxeaters.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago

There ain’t gonna be no Government shut-down…All this talk about a Government shut-down,all it does ,in my town,is give all the grumpy old men ANOTHER reason to get together at the local liquor store at 5 A.M. and talk about,and complain that their social security is going to end,and how… Read more »

LP
LP
11 years ago

I guess I’m missing something in my reading. Could someone please direct me to where the federal government has ANY authority in the forests? Please, I just can’t find it: Article 1 Section 8: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay… Read more »

harry
harry
11 years ago

Sure lets do away with government – no schools, no law enforcement, no 395 or other infrastructure, no fire fighters, cell towers in Crowley where ever the cell company wants to put them, LADWP turns the whole Eastern Sierra into the Eastern Sierra dry lake/dust bowl, leach pit mining where… Read more »

Joann Lijek
Joann Lijek
11 years ago
Reply to  harry

LADWP is government! I suppose you think there is nothing they can cut without all that stuff happening? Personally, I don’t need the USFS to “interpret” Mono Lake or the forest, or their toilets or other infrastructure. Not that I think the whole USFS should be shut down, but I’m… Read more »

Rob
Rob
11 years ago
Reply to  Joann Lijek

Joann – LADWP is a monster that not even the L.A. City council or mayor can control. I’ve often wondered if the IBEW is the one running the LADWP show. I sure don’t need the USFS to “interpret” anything for me either. However if they’re going to make improvements to… Read more »

Rob
Rob
11 years ago
Reply to  harry

Harry – don’t go off the deep end. That’s a bit extreme. The problem is our politicians take that approach when what we really need is someone who can make some tough decissions, and still keep government working for the people.

You lost all crediblity with me on that post.

harry
harry
11 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob – Yeah a bit overboard but there are those in favor of each item mentioned and then you have to take into account the domino effect. All big avalanches begin small and there is no stopping them.

o2lvnmmth
o2lvnmmth
11 years ago

I support the USFS, however, I don’t fear a Forest shut down…ie. our forest will still be available to us, we just might not see any rangers….even our search and rescue folk aren’t funded through the USFS.. and they already contract out the campgrounds (unfortunately in general cause the for… Read more »

J.H.
J.H.
11 years ago

Hey Rob- ever hear of for the people by the people? Not for the corporations by the rich!

Rob
Rob
11 years ago
Reply to  J.H.

J.H. – We’re a long way from that aren’t we? Almost sounds like a fairy tale.

I’m a firm believer that when money gets tight government shuts down things that effect the people in hope to pressuring more tax dollars out of them.

Joann Lijek
Joann Lijek
11 years ago
Reply to  Rob

I agree completely, Gov. only makes cuts to the things we use/care about. Why don’t the jerks cut their own salaries? Quit flying around on government jets paid for by our tax dollars.Costs way more than catching a commercial flight.

bobbie lee swagger
bobbie lee swagger
11 years ago

when the federal govt. goes away , can it please at least leave the bathroom unlocked at the death valley visitor center just off 395 ?

Rob
Rob
11 years ago

crisis? hec no I think it’s great. Live within your means.

HH
HH
11 years ago

@Ken Warner…I feel the same way that this is all a game to them and they won’t let it go over the edge. BUT, BUT, a lot of what I’m reading seems to indicate that much damage to the credit of the U.S. has already been done by letting it… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
11 years ago

There will be no default. The Congress will raise the debt limit at the eleventh hour. This is all political theater. Both parties are bought and paid for by big business and big business won’t tolerate the ramifications of a debt default. A debt default would have ripple effects through… Read more »

Bemused
Bemused
11 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

100% correct Ken…pathetic political theater.