BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - There are a lot of questions people have over the government shutdown, like why it is happening and how it affects people. The reason the government is facing a shutdown is because the fiscal year ends at midnight, and a spending bill agreement has not been reached.
The government needs to have a spending bill, to spend money. How this could affect us is non-essential federal workers would be furloughed. Military men and women could be paid in IOUs, Customs and Border agents would work without pay and some government agencies such as HUD, the ATF and federal loan offices would either not open or would be minimally staffed.
Monday afternoon, the Senate will likely vote down a House plan because it calls for a one-year delay of the president’s health care law.
Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins did not cast a vote on the budget bill Sunday. In a statement he said, “By insisting on a politically charged bill, House Republicans chose politics over people. It puts us on a fast track to government shutdown. It was avoidable, unnecessary and will cost hard-working Americans.”
Republican Congressman Chris Collins said, "My constituents have spoken very clearly, it is time for Washington Democrats to stop playing legislative games, keep the government funded and finally end the train wreck that is Obamacare. The choice is theirs."
Monday morning News 4 spoke with Congressman Chris Collins, he says most Americans won’t notice a change, but he does think the government will shut down, and that it could last weeks.
“The mail is going to be delivered, social security checks will arrive. People going to the doctor, and on Medicaid aren't going to see a difference.” Collins said, “My gut tells me it could be one of the longer shutdowns we've had because the President has said he will not negotiate on anything on the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution.”
The continuing resolution the congressman talked about is a Democratic plan to keep the government running. The record for a government shutdown is 21 days, Collins believes this could go longer.
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