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Trump's Interior Dept is bringing furloughed employees back on the job to prepare sales of offshore
#oil drilling rights, arguing that failing to hold the auctions would have a negative impact on the federal treasury & investment in the Gulf of Mexico.($) bit.ly/2TQ8sCc
Employees also are on call to help process permits authorizing seismic surveys hunting for oil in the Atlantic and develop a new 5-year program for selling drilling rights in U.S. coastal waters, according to a newly revised contingency plan.
These workers aren't alone. The Trump administration has just ordered thousands of furloughed employees back to work without pay to inspect planes, issue tax refunds, monitor food safety & facilitate sales of offshore oil drilling rights.

Federal law bars agencies from spending money they don't have (w/ exceptions to protect human life & property).

But DOJ has never prosecuted anyone for flouting that ban. And it's not clear anyone else would have standing to challenge shutdown spending.

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