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There has been some speculation on how a possible federal government shutdown would affect New Mexico,
The biggest question, though, is how it will affect the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
If the House and Senate can’t agree on a government funding bill by Monday, the federal government will shut down.
And, right now, the House and Senate can’t agree on a bill because they are wrangling over Obama’s healthcare legislation.
Most of the lab staff works for private contractors that run the lab. A consortium led by Bechtel, better known as Los Alamos National Security, LLC, runs LANL. There are some employees that do actually work for the federal government and there has been uncertainty as to their status.
The Los Alamos Monitor obtained an email from the lab in which LANL director Charlie McMillan stipulated that LANL employees should report to work Tuesday,
The email said the following:
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