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Shutdown enters its second day

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LANL > Employees report to work as scheduled

By The Staff

Employees reported to Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday as the federal government shutdown entered its second day.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said the lab has about a week’s worth of carryover money.

The LANL website reported Tuesday afternoon that employees should report to work unless told otherwise by their manager.

The Weapons Complex Monitor reported Tuesday that the exact amount of carryover funding available during the government shutdown is different at each DOE site, but the department declined to provide details on how long sites and programs could continue to operate normally under the shutdown.

“The Administration strongly believes that Congress can quickly come to a resolution to fund the work necessary to American people. This lapse in appropriations has serious impacts on the Department’s ability to carry out its mission.

“As a result of the nature of DOE funding, the Department will be able to operate for a short period of time after September 30. However, if a resolution is not achieved in the near term, the Department will be forced to take further action to shutdown nonessential operations, resulting in employee and contractor furloughs. It is our hope that this will ultimately be unnecessary and that Congress will come to a quick resolution,” according to a DOE spokesperson.

WCM reported that while the NNSA would retain hundreds of federal employees, DOE’s Office of Environmental Management would see bare-bones operations. EM headquarters has four employees who would be retained under the Department’s Lapse of Appropriations Plan. At the site offices, Savannah River and the Portsmouth Paducah Project Office would each keep eight DOE EM employees. Richland has five excepted employees and the Office of River Protection has three. Idaho, the Carlsbad Field Office and West Valley Demonstration Project would each keep four DOE employees.

In Washington, meanwhile, lawmakers locked in a political stare-down Wednesday were buffeted by rising anger from across the nation about a partial government shutdown that ruined vacations, sapped businesses and closed military cemeteries as far away as France. Some on Capitol Hill ominously suggested the impasse might last for weeks, but a few Republicans seemed ready to blink.

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York accused tea party-backed lawmakers of trying to “hijack the party” and said he senses that a growing number of rank-and-file House Republicans — perhaps as many as a hundred — are tired of the shutdown that began Tuesday morning and will be meeting to look for a way out.

But GOP leaders and tea party-backed members seemed determined to press on. The House GOP leadership announced plans to continue trying to open more popular parts of the government. They planned to pass five bills to open national parks, processing of veterans’ claims, the Washington, D.C., government, medical research, and to pay members of the National Guard.

The White House immediately promised a veto, saying opening the government on a piecemeal basis is unacceptable.