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Government To Shut Down If Congress Does Not Reach Spending Deal

Despite the President's warnings, congress has yet to reach a deal and has just hours to do so before a shutdown takes effect.
With the threat of a government shutdown looming, President Barack Obama today urged congress to do "the right thing." The president said allowing a shutdown would represent the "height of irresponsibility" and hurt the economy.
Despite the President's warnings, congress has yet to reach a deal and has just hours to do so before a shutdown takes effect.
The underlying issue of this potential shutdown is the Affordable Care Act. Some Republicans want to delay the passing of ObamaCare by one year even if that means a government shutdown with federal employees feeling the brunt of it.
"Well, the last time the government shutdown I was in the Marine Corps and I didn't get paid for a month, and that was frustrating," said Adam Brooks.
Brooks finished serving in the Marines and is now a Government and Politics major at Utica College. He says he is able to see both sides of the showdown.
"I understand why the government shut down and I can sympathize with the Tea Party and the Republicans because they want a balanced budget,” said Brooks.
But not everyone is so understanding.
"The kind of tug-of-war that goes on between both parties because of our bipartisan system is very frustrating,” says Sarah Murphy from Utica.
"Dysfunction, in one word,” said Ken Palmer who lives in New Hartford. “Too many people, they just pick party lines and they just go yes, I'm with this and I'm against this and vice versa without ever trying to meet in the middle."
"A last stitch effort to prevent that law from going into effect, we're holding the rest of the government hostage to that and that seems to me, as I mentioned earlier, that's not governing,” says David Chanatry, Associate Professor of Journalism at Utica College.
If the government does shut down, experts say about two million federal employees will be hit hard.
"Non-essential employees will be furloughed, meaning they'll be sent home probably tomorrow morning indefinitely without pay, essential employees will continue to work though they won't get paid until the shutdown is over,” said Luke Perry, Associate Professor of Government at Utica College.
Even if a spending agreement is reached, Perry says it could still only be temporary.
"There's going to be a budget showdown for some time in terms of federal spending and even if the continuing resolution is agreed upon it's going to be for six weeks so we could be back in this situation again,” said Perry.
In a few weeks from now the county could be facing another battling Congress over the debt ceiling. The ceiling will be reached and will need to be raised on October 17, 2013 and this must be approved by Congress.

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