Government shutdown would keep local NASA employees at home - FOX 35 News Orlando

Government shutdown would keep local NASA employees at home

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Most of the employees who work for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center are not considered, in the eyes of the government, part of essential personnel.

But Space Florida's director of strategic affairs tells me he believes there could be substantial economic consequences for this area if the majority of the 2,000 civilian employees who work there have to stay home because of a government shutdown.

On Friday, NASA is expected to release its contingency plan for a government shutdown, which will include how many of it's two thousand civilian employees will continue to show up to work if a shutdown happens.

Dale Ketcham of Space Florida says he believes the government will keep no more than fifty people working at America's launch complex,  and those would include security and other emergency personnel. 

As for the other 1,950 NASA employees, Ketcham says they would likely stay home until Congress agrees on a spending bill, and then later resolves the debt ceiling issue.

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