Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-- It's been 17 years since the federal government has shutdown, and tonight, another one is looming.
The Gerald Ford museum "will" be affected by a government shutdown and it couldn't come at a worse time, with ArtPrize in full swing. There are 4 of the top 10 winners located at the Ford Museum and two of them are inside. Museum officials tell WZZM 13 News they will likely move the two inside the building out in front of the facility.
In terms of the Social Security Administration, the government says people will still receive their critical payments and apply for benefits. It may not be possible to get benefit verification or replacement cards.
"They classify things as essential and non-essential."
Grand Valley State University Professor, Roger Moiles, says essential functions include the military, homeland security, and air traffic control services. Even the National Weather Service will continue to predict the weather.
At the Federal Building, criminal litigation will continue but civil suits will likely be delayed.
When it comes to Veteran's affairs, hospitals like the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, will be fully operational. However officials say some of the non-essential hotlines will shut down. The critical lines will stay open.
At the United States post office, mail will still be collected and delivered. Passports will be issued for now.
One of the most immediate changes would be seen at our National Parks. Just as the color tours in Michigan get underway, parks would close. At Sleeping Bear Dunes, the staff would be reduced to just a few people and no camping or visitors would be allowed.