With the nation's dive into a partial government shutdown Tuesday, several government agencies were forced to close their doors or change their operations. The partial shutdown was caused by a dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, which caused Congress to miss the midnight deadline to pass a spending bill. This is the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.
Though this may seem somewhat removed from the city of Chillicothe, the shutdown has effected a few of the government agencies located in the city.
The Livingston County USDA Service Center closed yesterday, to open once the shutdown is lifted. Employees do not have access to their email or voicemail due to the current lapse in funding.
The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program is a federally funded program that is offered at the Livingston County Health Center. The program supplies nutritional information and offers vouchers for supplemental foods. As of yesterday (Tuesday), whether or not the program continued was to be determined by the individual states, dependent upon whether or not the state budget would allow for funding.
"As of now, Missouri WIC has funding available to continue operating during a short-term shutdown," WIC Coordinator Anita Perry said.
The National Guard Armory in Chillicothe declined to comment, but did release that drill for the month of October would be postponed.
The Social Security Center in Chillicothe will remain open for a limited number of services. Many services are still offered online at www.socialsecurity.gov.
In regards to the shutdown, Congressman Sam Graves issued a statement reassuring the people of Missouri that he will continue to work for them.
"I am tremendously disappointed that the Senate has failed to pass legislation keeping the government open," Graves said. "Despite the government shutdown, all of my staff will be working, both in my district offices and in Washington, D.C. I was elected to serve the people of Missouri's Sixth District, and my staff is here to work on your behalf. Americans expect their elected officials to work together to solve problems, and I remain committed to reaching an agreement that both provides fairness to the American people when it comes to Obamacare and re-opens the federal government."