Air Traffic Control and TSA feel effects of government shutdown

Government Shutdown affects TSA and Air Traffic Control at Eugene Airport

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Monday marks the 17th day of the partial government shutdown, tying for the second longest shutdown in history.

As we head into the third week of the partial government shutdown, some Oregon departments are worried about funding.

Air travel is essential to America, according to the federal government, who says TSA and FAA Air Traffic Control are essential employees.

That's why here in Eugene, they come to work, even without pay during the partial government shutdown.

“We haven't had any reported increases in people calling in sick,” said Andrew Martz, the Eugene airport spokesperson.

TSA and Air Traffic Control make up just some of the 9,600 essential jobs in Oregon that are currently not being funded by the government during the shutdown. With 580 of those based in Lane County, and more than 4,000 statewide coming from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

“The longer the shutdown goes, the more impact it would have on the program,” said Dawn Myers, with the State’s Department of Human Services.

Myers says Oregon's food stamp program, better known as SNAP, is fully-funded until the end of February.

The department is working on a contingency plan just like the Oregon Department of Justice, who says the courts are still operating with funding through this Friday.

However, lawyers are requesting "stays" for civil cases with upcoming hearings or deadlines in federal court, including the state's lawsuit against President Trump for his immigration policies, but criminal cases will continue through the legal process.

Oregon's U.S. Attorney's Office says about one-third of its staff are furloughed during the shutdown, leaving many workers waiting to get paid.

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