Gov. Mary Fallin is ordering state agency leaders not to use any state money to temporarily fund federal programs during the ongoing partial government shutdown unless they've been guaranteed federal reimbursement.
Fallin's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger sent a memo on Tuesday to all state agency directors and finance officers to that effect. The memo urges agency heads to discontinue any federally funded programs that could result in a permanent loss of state funds.
Thousands of federal workers in Oklahoma were furloughed because of the budget stalemate in Washington, D.C., including those in charge of operating and maintaining dozens of campsites and parks run by the U.S. government.
Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 10:45 am
The federal shutdown that has idled some 800,000 government workers could be over by now — if members of Congress were able to vote on a bill that doesn't include an attack on the new U.S. health care system, President Obama says. "There are enough votes in the House of Representatives to make sure that the government reopens today," he told The Associated Press Friday.
Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the foreign policy implications of the partial federal government shutdown, and the lingering effects of last month's mall shooting in Nairobi on Kenya's tourism industry and political stability.
Later, Suzette talks with Reggie Whitten, the founder of the Oklahoma City-based charity Pros for Africa. His foundation works closely with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a nun from Uganda who operates a school for children affected by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
The partial government shutdown entered its fourth day Friday, and President Obama canceled a planned 17-day Asia trip that was part of his administration’s “pivot” to focus more on the rising economic powers in the region.
“This is not the first time he’s had to cancel trips to Asia,” says Rebecca Cruise, a comparative politics expert and the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. “So this does send an interesting message to those leaders. Are we really going to be focusing our attention there, or are we really trying to get involved in the region, and try to exert our interest there vis-à-vis China? That has consequences.”
Federally run campsites, parks and pavilions at dozens of Oklahoma lakes controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have closed because of the federal government shutdown. But that’s not keeping people away from lakes like Texoma, Eufaula, and Tenkiller, it’s just funneling them into state parks instead.
If the partial shutdown of the federal government continues for weeks, it could lead to cutbacks in the federally funded program that helps low-income women, infants and children in Oklahoma, officials said Wednesday.
One possible result could be limiting the aid provided under the federal Women, Infants and Children program to only one or two of those groups, such as infants.