Donald Trump has ordered the Government closed down in a symbolic salute to the former President?
The US Postal Service won’t be delivering packages Wednesday as part of the national day of mourning for the late former President George H.W. Bush.
“Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec. 5,” the agency said in a statement on its website Monday.
“We will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that our network remains fluid and we do not experience any impacts to our package delivery operations that might negatively affect our customers or business partners during the remainder of our busy holiday season.”
Financial markets will also be closed and the Supreme Court has postponed arguments scheduled for that day…..
I initially thought this was something new…
But I was wrong…..
The Clinton administration’s decision to close the federal government Wednesday in honor of Richard M. Nixon will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, but it follows the precedent of at least the past four presidential funerals.
Administration officials yesterday said the government was shut down for the funerals of John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson, citing those closings as the basis for President Clinton’s decision to do the same for the Nixon funeral….
Here’s a list of closures for Bush’s funeral:
- The federal government
Employees deemed essential for national security and other vital government services will still have to report for work on Wednesday.
- The U.S. Postal Service
Some package services will still be running, but all other mail delivery will be postponed and post offices will be closed.
The House of Representatives will postpone votes for the week after Bush’s death. The Senate will postpone until after Wednesday’s funeral.
- The Federal Reserve
The Board of Governors’ offices in Washington will be closed on Wednesday, but Federal Reserve Bank payment systems will still operate normally.
- The Supreme Court
The nation’s highest court will postpone arguments on Gamble v. United States, a case it is currently hearing, until Thursday.
- Many federal courts
Not all chief judges will close their courthouses for the day of mourning. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will be closed, but the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will operate on a “modified basis” with limited staff in some offices, according to its website. The District Court for Oregon will be open for business on Wednesday.
- Stock markets
The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed on a nonholiday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The NYSE, Nasdaq and CME held a minute of silence in honor of Bush on Monday…..