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Rep. Neal Discusses Looming Budget Agreement

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Congress has just two weeks left to come up with a budget or face massive cuts and a government shutdown.

Without an agreement on October 1, a slew of government services would be slashed and all but the most vital federal personnel would stop coming to work.

Congressman Richard Neal says it’s comes down to paying your bills.

“This is not an argument about new spending. This is an argument about paying your bills, so it’s beyond me how one could have voted for the war in Afghanistan or the war in Iraq, and now not vote to pay the bills which have come due. Recall, the debt ceiling is not an argument about new spending. It’s about bills incurred,” Neal explains.

Without reaching a budget deal on October 1, Congress could pass a temporary spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, to avoid a government shutdown.