The government shutdown will put a wrench in some of your travel plans and force the furlough of civilian workers at area military bases.
The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park near Stonewall, Texas is closing the ranch to the public. Employees were called into work Tuesday to discuss the situation, and then the facilities were secured and closed.
"They will be issued a letter of furlough," park superintendent Russ Whitlock said Monday.
Public operations at the ranch will come to a stop and nearly all of the 42 employees and 12 volunteers will be sent home. A group of seven will stay on to maintain basic utility systems and to safeguard the property.
Park superintendent Russ Whitlock said educational and tour groups have been calling the park office to check in on the status of their scheduled trips. He said three commercial tours were planned for the ranch on Tuesday.
The LBJ Library and Presidential archives on the University of Texas campus would also be closed in the event of a shutdown.
"Groups that have bought food, rented buses, all those things have to be put on hold," Whitlock said.
Starting at midnight on Tuesday, up to 800,000 government employees across the U.S. will be furloughed without pay.
Among them are many civilian workers at Fort Hood, including commissary, housing, and community service workers. Active guard reserve will continue to report for duty.
Mandatory furloughs will also take place at Camp Mabry.
Air traffic controllers will remain on duty at Austin's airport, and federal money for current construction projects at ABIA has already been received, so a shutdown will not have an immediate effect at the airport.
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