How they voted
At 1:10 a.m. the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution 228-201 that shut down parts of the federal government. Here are the votes of Washington’s congressional delegates.
- Richard “Doc” Hastings (R-Pasco)
- Dave Reichert (R-Auburn)
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane)
- Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Camas)
- Denny Heck (D-Olympia)
- Rick Larsen (D-Bellingham)
- Adam Smith (D-Bellevue)
- Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor)
- Suzan K. DelBene (D-Bothell)
- Jim McDermott (D-Seattle)
WENATCHEE — OK, a Congressional stalemate over budgets and Obamacare has partially shut down the federal government. But how’s that affect us locally?
Basically, it means that by this morning the local field offices of many federal agencies have curtailed operations or closed entirely. Think Forest Service, North Cascades National Park, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management and cutbacks in services at the Social Security office.
The Postal Service will still deliver mail, Grand Coulee Dam will still produce power, Amtrak trains will still run and military veterans will still receive health care at Wenatchee’s Veterans Administration clinic.
Plus, critical personnel at some federal agencies will continue to work, such as air traffic controllers (FAA), airport security (TSA), agents of the U.S. Border Patrol and federal fish hatchery employees.
Forest Service and National Park Service enforcement officers will patrol trails and campgrounds and fire managers will continue to monitor controlled burns.
In the meantime, most government agencies affected by the shutdown are directing visitors from local websites to their departments’ national Web pages. Phone recordings are mixed, with some stipulating closure or cutbacks and others unchanged, even though closures may be in effect. Many sites encourage the public to call before attempting an in-person visit.
Until the shutdown ends, expect these closures or cutbacks at local federal offices:
Headquarters and district offices for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are closed, as are all campgrounds, except those operated by concessionaires. Permits for cutting firewood, chopping a Christmas tree and backcountry hiking cannot be obtained at these offices. Rangers remain on duty, but most other staff have been furloughed.
Most facilities — trails, campgrounds, headquarters, visitors centers and other buildings — in North Cascades National Park are closed. The North Cascades Lodge in Stehekin and adjacent store are closed. The bus running to the bakery and waterfall has been discontinued. The Harvest Fest at the Buckner Orchard, planned for Saturday on park property, will be cancelled if the park remains closed that day.
Field offices of the USDA, Farm Services Agency, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and General Services Administration are closed.
The Wenatchee Social Security office has curtailed services. Accepted are applications for benefits and requests for appeals, changes of address and direct deposits. The public will not be able to obtain original or replacement Social Security cards, benefit verification or make earnings record corrections.
The region’s big federal dams, Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph are still operating to provide essential services of power and water. Grand Coulee Dam visitors center and public areas are open. At Chief Joseph (operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), all boat ramps, day use areas, visitor center are closed.
Mike Irwin: 665-1179
Reporters Christine Pratt and K.C. Mehaffey contributed to this report.