ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of federal employees in New Mexico are bracing for the possibility of furloughs and lost paychecks as the government scoots closer to the edge of a partial shutdown next week.
Unless Congress acts before Tuesday to fund federal spending, the gates to popular tourist destinations such as Carlsbad Caverns National Monument and other parks around New Mexico could be closed. Passport applications could be left unprocessed and work could be suspended at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other agencies.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said Friday that lurching from one potential shutdown to another is a dysfunctional way to govern.
“It’s harmful to the economy and to middle class families,” he said. “It erodes our national security and hurts military families. And Login to read more