What would a government shutdown mean to you?
Monday, September 30, 2013 10:01 PM
As of press time, it was uncertain what deals might or might not be reached before the midnight deadline to keep the federal government financially afloat. Regardless of what the House of Representatives and Senate did, it probably won't make a big difference for most are residents in Montgomery County.
"As far as I know there will be little or no impact to local government," said State Sen. Philip Boots. "Mail will still be delivered, Social Security checks, unemployment, Medicare and Medicaid will be paid. It's not likely that the average citizen will see any difference."
That's because those programs are not funded out of the general fund, which is what shuts down when spending bills are not passed at the end of the federal fiscal year (Sept. 30). What it does mean is that "non-essential" federal employees will not be working. That could be anyone from a worker at a national park or zoo to an employee of some federal offices. Gun permits and passport applications could go unprocessed or be delayed. The military will continue to function. The President and all members of Congress will continue to be paid.
"The Senate and House are not getting together to discuss any kind of compromise," Boots said late Monday afternoon. "Somebody has to give on their position at some point. It appears there's not going to be a compromise. Somebody has to decide that they will accept the other party's position. It's unfortunate we can't compromise and do what's best for the people."
Congress has a myriad of options when it comes to the deadline and the days and weeks that follow. Residents in Montgomery County need only carry on as they would - with or without the federal government.