Government Shutdown: What’s Closed? What’s Still Funded?

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The question is no longer ‘if’ – now, it’s ‘how long will it last.’  We know Redstone Arsenal is affected by the government shutdown.  What else is open or closed?

WHNT News 19 is compiling a list.  This is not complete, but we’ll add to it as the situation develops.  If you know of an item we should add, please email your question to

Federal Courthouses: All federal courthouses are currently open for 10 days.  The clerk at the U.S. District Court in Birmingham says they could learn more after that period, but for now, federal courts are open.

Federal Parks: Closed.  In north Alabama, this includes Little River Canyon in DeKalb County.  All visitor facilities and park grounds including Canyon Mouth Day Use Area, back country roads and trails, scenic overlook parking lots for Little River Falls, Martha’s Falls, and Eberhart picnic area are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens. In addition, all park programs and school programs events have been canceled.  Note: Canyon Center is open, including the gift shop.  It is operated by Jacksonville State University.

Mail: Open.  The United States Postal Service will continue to deliver mail.

Medicare & Medicaid: Funding continues to recipients of both programs. Source:

National Weather Service: Only providing essential services; will continue to forecast and issue warnings. No basic storm spotter classes offered, though.  Source:

Social Security: Social Security offices are open with limited services.  Social Security card centers are closed.  Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments to beneficiaries will continue with no change in payment dates.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Open.  The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is an agency of the state of Alabama and is not affected by any action at the federal level.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program: Update Wednesday, Oct. 2 – 4:45pm: The federal government has provided additional funds for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs to operate. The Alabama WIC Program will continue to see participants and issue benefits through the month of October. Participants will be limited to one month’s issuance of food benefits. The Alabama Department of Public Health will continue to reassess funding based upon further developments with the federal budget.


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  • Sandy

    That’s sad about the WIC vouchers. Those vouchers were a big help to me 25 years ago, being a working, single mom with two sweet little baby boys. Plainly it’s Obama taking food from babies!!! Awful!!!

  • Mac DeNyffe

    Sure seems odd that the Republican Party is being labeled as the bad guys in the current shut down of the government.
    History shows that letting the government shut down appears to be a trade mark scheme of the Democratic Party.
    Since 1976 the Federal Government has shut down 17 times for a total of 111 days.
    Under a REBUBLICAN President the Government shutdown 10 times for a total of 28 days.
    3 times with Democrat controlled Senate and House for a total of 15 days.
    0 times with Republican controlled Senate and House for a total of 0 days
    7 times with a split Democrat and Republican Senate and House for a total of 13 days.

    Under a DEMOCRAT President the Government shutdown 7 times for a total of 83 days.
    5 times with a Democrat controlled Senate and House for a total of 57 days.
    2 times with a Republican controlled Senate and House for a total 26 days.
    0 times with a split Democrat and Republican senate and House for a total of 0 days.

  • Ashley Danielle

    It doesn’t matter who’s “fault” it is! What matters is that we work together as a WORKING CLASS to help each other until BOTH parties can learn to play nice. Its always easiest for people who have NO SAY SO in ANYTHING on capital hill to point fingers at the opposing party but at the end of the day, we are all American people who are affected: some more than others. So unless you have a CONSTRUCTIVE critic that will help, I suggest you look to making sure your house is in order: Democrat or Republican.

  • Candice

    At this point “fault” doesn’t matter. The people suffering is what matters. Frankly, if nobody shut W down…..Pres. Obama shouldn’t have been.

  • cassie

    Screw the democrats and the republicans they’re all just money hungry vultures who are trying to cut the United States down to all rich people anyways ……I won’t ever vote again not unless its for Nader.

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