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    It was a cliffhanger — and an avoidable crisis — weeks in the offing. But the reality of a government shutdown truly sank in Monday for thousands of federal workers i…

    May 09, 2012

     
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It was a cliffhanger — and an avoidable crisis — weeks in the offing. But the reality of a government shutdown truly sank in Monday for thousands of federal workers in Washington state and around the nation facing the loss of paychecks. Experts estimate as many as half of the nation’s 2 million federal civilian employees could be deemed nonessential and furloughed. About 50,000 federal workers are in Washington. At 2 p.m. Monday, James Drexler, head of a union that represents 1,550 workers with the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), got the anticipated toll from the shutdown: 1,263 people, or 82 percent of the union membership, likely will be furloughed. The fallout from shuttering the federal government will be felt in varied ways. National parks and federal museums will close immediately. FDA food inspectors will stay home. Federal courts will operate for about two more weeks before exhausting their funding.

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