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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The partial government shutdown affects a number of agencies and services here in DFW. Among the places that will be closed during this process are federal offices, national monuments, national parks and presidential museums, including the George W. Bush Presdiential Library & Museum in Dallas. While the library is closed, the facility’s cafe and store will remain open for business.

The government shutdown started late Monday night — 11:00 p.m. in our time zone — but some federal employees may still be showing up to work throughout Tuesday morning, to begin the process of being furloughed. For some, it will be a difficult time. “We’ve had food drives for here, so they can have food to eat,” said Zakiya Davis with the American Federation of Government Employees, “because some people actually can’t afford groceries.”

Below is a list of some services that will be affected by the partial government shutdown:

  • Home loans that are backed by the government will be delayed
  • Passports
  • Gun permits
  • Medicaid applications will be delayed.
  • EEOC
  • FCC
  • The FTC will be working with limited staff.

Also, the federal agency which has been investigating the fertilizer explosion in West will be closed. That investigation will be frozen. Federal employees with the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will not investigate industrial spills or accidents during the government shutdown.

It was announced late Monday that WIC benefits will be preserved for at least another 30 days, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to review their status on a week-by-week basis.

Cyndi Segura of Dallas said that she was relieved to hear that WIC centers across the country would stay open. The 19-year-old woman is a new mother, and a WIC program helped her learn how to take care of her 2-week-old son, even during her pregnancy. “When you’re going to have your first baby, you’re really inexperienced and you don’t know what you’re going to do,” she explained. “People here help you, and they can answer any question you have regarding your pregnancy.”

Federal services which are considered essential will also remain open during the shutdown. Social security checks will be processed, and we will all continue to receive mail.

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