Shutdown Roundup: Trade stalled; air traffic controllers strained

The partial government shutdown enters its 32nd day on Tuesday, which makes it more than a week longer than the previous record. Approximately 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the political standstill between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders. 

Despite some progression in the border wall funding talks, a formal deal hasn’t been brokered, which means some federal employees are still working without pay or not working at all.

Here’s a look at some of the ways Missourians are being affected by the partial shutdown:

Trade feels effects

The shutdown is leading to longer waits for tariff exclusions, trade relief has been put on hold, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement has stalled and other effects are hurting international trade, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. Kansas City trade and intellectual property lawyer Beau Jackson said the shutdown is trickling down to businesses that rely on exports and imports. 

Air traffic controller shortage exacerbated 

The federal employees who monitor the nation’s air travel have also been hard hit by the shutdown, St. Louis Public Radio reports. The shutdown has added to the strain on a profession that is currently experiencing a 30-year low in its workforce. 

Craft beers run dry 

New craft beers haven’t been released, new breweries haven’t opened and some beers haven’t been allowed across state lines because of the shutdown, the Associated Press reports. The shutdown affects the agency that regulates alcohol production and distribution. 


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