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Business as usual for US Govt operations in Bermuda

The partial shutdown of the US Government late on Monday night will not impact American civil servants working in Bermuda, according to officials.

A political deadlock between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill over the funding of basic services meant that thousands of government workers were facing a potential last-minute furlough as the Obama administration was effectively closed for business.

But overseas operations are not believed to be affected by the shutdown.

Yesterday a US Consulate spokesman told The Royal Gazette: “Despite the government shutdown, most US government overseas missions, including the US Consulate General in Bermuda, will remain open as long as funding is available. This means the consulate will continue to provide consular and other essential services to the public until further notice.”

As for the impact on passenger processing at ports of entry into the US, it's still business as usual at LF Wade International Airport.

When contacted last night Airport Manager, Aaron Adderley said: “US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel continue to provide essential services for the travelling public.

“CBP employees at LF Wade International Airport have largely processed US bound passengers out of Bermuda as per normal.”

Airport Manager Aaron Adderley: 'Travelling public largely unaffected'

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Published October 02, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 02, 2013 at 12:11 am)

Business as usual for US Govt operations in Bermuda

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