Federal Government offices close Wednesday to honor George H. W. Bush

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NEWPORT NEWS, VA – SEPTEMBER 6: Former president George H. W. Bush addresses the crowd of hundreds at the Keel Laying ceremony in his honor September 6, 2003 at Northrop Grumman Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Bush laid the keel to the aircraft carrier which is named after him. (Photo by Jason Hirschfeld/Getty Images)

President Donald J. Trump has ordered all executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government be closed on December 5, 2018 out of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States.

The following is an executive order from President Donald J. Trump:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
 
     Section 1.  All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed on December 5, 2018, as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States. 
 
     Sec. 2.  The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 5, 2018, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.
 
     Sec. 3.  December 5, 2018, shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the pay and leave of employees of the United States.
 
Sec. 4.  The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement this order.
 
Sec. 5.  General Provisions.  (a)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
 
     (b)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
 
(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
 
(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
 
     (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
 
                              DONALD J. TRUMP

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