(Bloomberg) — The partial U.S. government shutdown enters its second week on Saturday, with nearly 14,000 workers at the Environmental Protection Agency going on furlough and Coast Guard service members missing their final paychecks of 2018.
There’s been no sign of progress toward ending President Donald Trump’s standoff with Democrats over funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Smithsonian said all museums, research centers and the National Zoo will close starting Jan. 2 unless the shutdown ends. Closings would include the popular National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of African American History & Culture on the National Mall in Washington, and the Cooper Hewitt design museum in New York.
The EPA used funds already on hand to continue operation for a week, but was set to exhaust those. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that without new funds by midnight Friday, employees would be put on furlough and travel would be canceled.
Coast Guard members will miss their paychecks because, unlike other U.S. military branches, it’s under the Department of Homeland Security. The Defense Department isn’t affected by the shutdown.
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