Thomas O. McGarity

Thomas O. McGarity holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law at the University of Texas School of Law and is a board member at the Center for Progressive Reform. He is the author of The Preemption War

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The Shutdown and the Safety Gap

During the 35-day partial government shutdown, many Americans got an overdue civics lesson in all the useful things government does.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh A TSA worker works at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. P resident Trump’s recent shutdown of much of the federal government created a safety gap that provides a stark reminder of the extent to which we depend upon the federal government to protect us from very real risks to our persons, our pocketbooks, and our shared environment. One silver lining: The 35-day furlough for government workers gave the citizenry a renewed appreciation for the contributions of public servants to safe communities and a well-functioning economy. Trump capitulated on January 25 as a shortage of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers caused lengthy flight delays along the East Coast that affected thousands of passengers. But that was only the most vivid and visible of vital safety functions that were suspended. Innumerable critical protections were not provided because the employees responsible for providing them were not deemed “essential.” The Food and...