Acting Mayor London Breed said The City's critical services will not be impacted by the federal government shutdown. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Acting Mayor London Breed said The City's critical services will not be impacted by the federal government shutdown. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Acting Mayor Breed promises business as usual amid government shutdown

Acting Mayor London Breed responded to the shutdown of the federal government on Saturday, assuring San Franciscans the closure would not impact The City’s critical services.

“San Francisco’s public safety agencies will continue to operate as normal,” Breed wrote in a statement. She said emergency response services, as well as police and fire stations would remain staffed and “fully funcioning.” Muni services, street cleaning and public parks will also not be impacted, Breed said.

The government shut down one year to the day of President Trump’s inauguration, after Congress failed to pass another stopgap spending bill by Friday’s midnight deadline. Senate Democrats on Friday, joined by some Republicans, blocked the spending bill that had made its way through the House.

At the core of the bill lies the fate of the 800,000 recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. These are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age and through DACA, they’ve been able to obtain work permits, drivers license and attend college. In September, President Trump moved to end the program, and gave Congress a March deadline to come up with a solution for the program.

“San Francisco will move forward,” Breed assured in her statement, “But in Washington, D.C., the reckless decisions by Republicans will have impacts. Republicans maintain control over both legislative branches and the White House. Their pursuit of an extremist immigration agenda — one that holds the fate of 800,000 DACA recipients hostage — has created unnecessary chaos.”

Senate Democrats have firmly maintained they will not pass another stopgap spending measure that doesn’t include funding for DACA.

Still, the White House remains adamant on leaving immigration reform out of the stopgap spending bill. “The president will not negotiate on immigration reform until Democrats stop playing games and reopen the government,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

“We are urging Congress to do the sensible thing and provide a real path forward for a generation of residents who have only known this country as their home.” Breed said.

The Senate and House of Representatives reconvened Saturday in an attempt to reopen the government by passing another temporary spending measure. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a vote for Monday at 1 a.m. on a bill to reopen the government and extend funding through Feb. 8, according to the Washington Post.

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