The most immediate concern is the federal government’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC), which provides provides food and counseling to low-income women and their young children, according to a review ordered by Haslam, a Republican.
WIC “can only sustain a shutdown to approximately October 10th,” the review says. “A prolonged shutdown could affect personnel a much of the federal funding Health [Department] receives covers administrative costs.”
The state agency charged with ensuring workplace safety would have to be funded with state dollars if the shutdown lasts for more than a week to 10 days. In the event of a prolonged shutdown “staffing would need to be adjusted,” the review says.
A “significant” impact in coming weeks could effect administration of SNAP (food stamp) programs for low income families. That would come into play in the event of a shutdown lasting 2 1/2 months.
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