The Trump people are slowly restoring bits and pieces of the government to lessen possible political pressure against them…..
But federal employee’s are up to have their pay held up and contractors working fro the government are up for NOT getting repaid for each day the shutdown is in effect…..
Tax Refunds will go out?…..
The Internal Revenue Service will make tax refunds even if the government remains shut down when they are set to be issued, the Trump administration said on Monday.
“Tax refunds will go out,” Russell Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told reporters during a briefing.
Vought said the move was a change from past shutdowns and that the appropriate agencies would issue further guidance.
House Democrats are planning to pass legislation this week to fund the Treasury Department and IRS, as part of their effort to push Republicans to end the shutdown. But the measure is not expected to become law.
Issuing the tax refunds might lower pressure on Trump and his GOP allies in Congress to abandon their demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding and reopen the government. Refunds have been frozen or delayed during past government shutdowns.
“We have been trying to make this as painless as possible consistent with the law,” said Vought.
But it remains unclear whether the administration has the legal authority to hand out refunds during the partial shutdown, which is now in its third week.
The Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS, is one of the agencies that had its funding lapse and processing refunds could require furloughed employees to be put back to work….
House Democrats will pass a bill to fund the Treasury Dept. and the IRS this week……
It is unknown if the Senate will pass the bill and Trump sign it….