SUMTER, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - The impact of the federal government shutdown is growing in South Carolina as the partial closure goes a third day.
The E-Verify program, which allows business owners to confirm employment eligibility, has shut down but the state's labor agency says employers won't be penalized if they can't verify new workers are legally in the United States.
However, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control is telling 122,000 clients it has about two weeks of funds to keep money flowing for the Women, Infant and Children's supplemental food program.
Union members representing government employees say they fear a prolonged shutdown and are planning to protest.
Congaree National Park has closed, as well as many federally regulated outdoor agencies.
Military recruits continue training at Fort Jackson and Parris Island, and key functions are operating at Shaw Air Force Base and McEntire Joint National Guard Base.
But commissaries have closed, and furloughs are taking place for thousands of civilian workers, many of whom had their hours cut back through sequestration over the summer.