Hours Left Before Government Shutdown

MIAMI (CBS4) – As the hours tick away towards a shutdown of the federal government, neither side is willing to give in and everyone from employees at Everglades National Park to South Floridians waiting for tax refunds stand to lose in the battle.

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been negotiating for the past week and appear to be ready for a deal. Except for a disagreement over a few riders attached to the GOP proposed budget.

Specifically, the GOP-led House wants to strip funding for Planned Parenthood. The organization provides medical treatments for women including cancer screenings and other treatments.

Planned Parenthood has supported abortion, but federal funds can’t be used to pay for abortions based on long-standing federal law under the Hyde Amendment.

There was also disagreement over environmental issues, but the Planned Parenthood funding has been the major hurdle neither side will try to jump. Plus, neither side wants to look weak to their bases.

The GOP-led House passed a plan to pay the military, but also added extra cuts and even if approved, the parties will be at the same place in a week.

Republicans immediately turned around and began saying if the Democrats didn’t support the new bill, they were against the troops.

It’s a cynical ploy that’s been used by both parties, but this is the first time the troops have been brought up and used by one party against the other. It’s also that type of political posturing that has led the government to where it is today.

So what exactly would a government shutdown mean for South Floridians?

First, Social Security checks will more than likely still be mailed. So South Florida seniors on social security should not worry about the checks not coming.

Past that, a lot of the government funding issues like Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps are unknown during a shutdown.

The shutdown will also cause the furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal employees. They will not be paid during the furlough, but will receive back pay.

“I’m concerned, just like everybody else, that we’ll all be out of a job,” said IRS employee Maria Lopez. “We have expenses and bill to pay, and we don’t know what’s happening.

Federal contractors will not be paid and will not receive any missed payments. Businesses who supply goods to the federal government, economists who rely on government data, and businesses near federal facilities all stand to lose millions as the government grinds to a halt.

If businesses who supply goods to the government contractors end up not being able to ship their goods, they will have to find somewhere to store them and that runs the risk of increasing costs and hurting job growth.

“My big concern is that if it actually does shut down, then we’re going to have a big crash in the stock market Monday morning,” said Richa Sadana.

CBSMiami.com has a story to analyze the economic impact on South Florida’s market, click here to read the story.

Essential services like air traffic control and national security agencies would be kept running at full capacity.

The U.S. Postal Services will remain open during normal business hours and the mail will still be delivered regardless of a shutdown.

But, the shutdown could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. The 26-day shutdown in 1996 cost taxpayers $1.4 billion in back salaries.

“It’s really a terrible situation with all the unemployment and everything,” said Esther Guzman. “It’s a terrible situation right now for everybody.”

Politically, it could be toxic to either side. Current polling has shown more in the general public will hold House Republicans to blame for a government shutdown.

“I think there’s a lot of confusion and people are suffering that don’t need to suffer and the politicians are still getting paid,” said Jill Harris.

But as anger towards Washington grows during a shutdown, no politician will likely be left unscathed.

“I think the risk is that there are no winners here,” said Fernand Amandi or Bendixen & Associates. “I think neither side stands to benefit from a government shutdown and that’s why you see the negotiations so intense heading up to the final hours.”

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  1. CSea1 says:

    MEDIA STOP with “THE CIRCUS” Coverage , and DEMOCRATS , and PRED.OOBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE TALKING POINTS ( PUPPET HEADS ) , I ‘ m A DISBLED Person , USE TO B A COMPETER System Analyst , and FINANCE UNDERWRITER, for MRTG ., Industry , and LIFE & HEALTH Risk Management , .. We Have a 15 TRILION DLR FOREIGN DEBT ( UNSUSTAINABLE ), CAN NOT , Will NOT GET OUT ! ! ! of this , WithOut EVERYONE BELT-Tightening ! ! ! CUT SCREASES IN GOVERNMENT , SPENDING , and BORROWING ! ! ! , WE AS A NATION , UNDER THE CONSTITUTION , > ( ARE DONE ! ! ! FINISHED ! ! ! ) < ! ! !

  2. maria says:

    I think it is a irresponsibility and a childish behavior coming from the members of the Congress, playing with the taxpayers lives “just because”….. they do not want to come to an agreement regarding the budget.

    1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

      TOTALLY AGREE

      THE GOP IS Clownish, look at their Rep…LOOKS LIKE Satan…

  3. Phil Landers says:

    I think we can all agree the government is too big and expensive in any case. They will still provide basic services which is all they really should do. They should get rid of the bogus domestic spying entity know as the Department of Homeland Security while they are at it. I feel that military spending is way out of control. We spend more than the rest of the world combined and that is just crazy. They should start taxing churches that support a political agenda or that cause trouble that needs police protection IE Westboro Baptist and Pastor Terry Jones etc.: Our government has gotten way too big and could really stand to be trimmed down. Ronald Reagan also helped start this problem by increasing the national debt by 186% and decimating our manufacturing sector.

    1. Phil Landers says:

      And you can get rid of FEMA too. The National Guard and local Emergency agencies can handle that. The FBI, CIA, Military and local law enforcement can handle the DHS action.

  4. Terri R. says:

    What most people don’t realize and the media has been extremely vague about is the reason for the shutdown, which is cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The Republicans see this as an opportunity to push their social agendas, even though federal law prohibits federal funding for abortion, which relies on private funding. Planned Parenthood provides cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control, which many women rely upon for their health. It’s the same argument against health care reform. When the first phase of the health care reform law was passed providing health insurance to children with pre-existing conditions, the insurance companies found a loophole and quit writing “child only” policies. We’re the only developed country in the world without universal health care. As American citizens and especially human beings, it should be a human right (not priviledge) to be treated with dignity when we are the most vulnerable. A nation is only as strong as how they treat each and every citizen. It’s says a lot about a nation that finds ways to avoid caring for sick children at all costs, which is quite disturbing.

    1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

      AGREE and VERY TRUE

    2. Florida USA says:

      I am a US Citizen, and I work, pay taxes and also vote, but I have zero insurance and I have health problems that cannot be treated because I have no money.

  5. Mary Parker says:

    You didnt mention Veterans Affairs in your package. Will the emergency room be open? Will veterans receive travel for appointments? Will the clinics be open?
    Now the Republicans are saying the Democrats will be against the troops if the budget is not passed. I think that is wrong to do that and this is all pure politics.

  6. VerySadTeacher says:

    Dear Congress, Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my spouse and I cannot decide on a budget. Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests, we will have to shut down our checkbook and will no longer be able to pay our taxes. I’m sure you’ll understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can all follow. Repost if you agree

    1. Florida USA says:

      The banks are still chasing me for my credit card balances

  7. iuzzolth says:

    Close call but better than nothing yesterday…

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