I assume everyone is sitting on pins and needles over whether the government will be pushed into default by Congress’ seeming inability to fund the government and/or raise the debt limit. I admit that I’ve probably spent more than a few minutes over the past few days wandering the chattering class web sites while nervously thumbing my latest TIAA/CREF quarterly statement. I’m not going to take a stand on how this is going to (or ought to) turn out. The latest news is that the Senate leadership has reached a funding agreement with House Speaker John Boehner going along with allowing a House vote. Perhaps my and more than a few others’ retirement balances are safe for a few more months. I’ll be happy when the legislation is signed into law.
One of the casualties of the shutdown has been government web sites. Sites have either been down or available with messages saying they are not being updated due to the shutdown. The Federal Trade Commission site still features a stark page stating the site is not available. Sites that are available but with messages stating they are not being updated at present include the White House, the Department of Justice, and other major cabinet departments. I’m happy to report that the Library of Congress web site appears to be functioning though it has a message saying it is not being updated. Earlier reports indicated that the LOC was one of the first sites to become totally unavailable. Thomas and FDSys are working as well, though the latter says it is processing congressional material in any event, even if it’s not posted immediately. The Federal Register is kept current to some extent. Thomas, by the way, is not going to be with us much longer. A message on that site says the Thomas web address will redirect to FDSys starting in November.
The Supreme Court is still going despite the shutdown. The latest message on the Court’s web site says everything will continue, including public access to its building at least until the 17th of October. We’ll see how normal everything becomes once the appropriations are made.