US Embassy in Bangkok still open despite shutdown

national October 01, 2013 00:00

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The US Embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday announced that the embassy and the Consulate General in Chiang Mai remain open to the public as the US government began its first partial shutdown in 17 years after Congress failed to break a partisan deadlock by a mid



The embassy issued a statement in its facebook; U.S. Embassy Bangkok, saying that all consular services, including visa processing, are also open for public.

“The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and Consulate General Chiang Mai remain open to the public. As always, our priorities remain providing safety, security, and service to U.S. citizens. We are open for all consular services, including visa processing,” read the statement.
The shutdown idled as many as 800,000 federal employees, closed national parks and halted some services.
 
Under the Antideficiency Act, officers and employees of the federal government cannot obligate funds in advance of appropriations or beyond appropriated levels. 
On its website, the US Securities and Exchange Commission also announced that it will remain open and operational in the event the federal government undergoes a lapse in appropriations on October 1. As a result of the shutdown, the SEC will be able to continue only certain types of functionsthat qualify as exceptions to the law including those related to emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, including law enforcement functions; those for which there is an express authority to continue during an appropriations lapse; and those for which authority to continue during an appropriations lapse arises by necessary implication. 

 

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