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Local Residents React to Prospect of Government Shutdown and Its Impact

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The deadline is growing closer and without an agreement the shutdown will go into effect one minute past midnight. So how might this affect you?

“I feel like they will come to a decision because in the past they have or at least I’m hoping they will,” said Melissa Wyszynski of Chicopee.

Then they better do it soon, the deadline is just hours away.

Miguel Ramos also of Chicopee says, “I think it’s horrible, it’s going to be bad for everybody.”

Well maybe not everybody. Unemployment benefits will still go out as well as social security and medicare. And of course the government won’t be hurting, taxes will still be collected. But if you have questions about those taxes then you’re out of luck. Taxpayer services and help lines will be shut down.

Then there’s federal assistance. WIC may shut down which provides supplemental food to pregnant women, mothers and their children.

“That would be a terrible thing in my opinion. I did not know that that would be impacted actually,” said Christian Navaro of Easthampton.

Government employees better keep watch too, those deemed unnecessary will be furloughed. Our veterans that worked so hard to protect our freedoms would see their paychecks delayed and active military would stay on but be paid in IOU’s. 

A fact Navaro was surprised by. “If I was on that side of the fence I’d be extremely upset. I’d be extremely upset, that doesn’t sound like a good deal for anybody,” he explains.

All of this is because of a disagreement over Obamacare. Regardless of a shutdown, the Affordable Care Act will continue to move forward. It’s funding isn’t dependent on the congressional budget process.

That surprised Wyszynski, “Really? I didn’t know that.”

Neither did a lot of others.

One thing that everyone can agree on, is our elected officials aren’t serving the people that put them in power.

“They should know that all the human beings here that voted for them to be there is to help each other. not to be throwing each other like a boxing ring,” said Ramos

A former government employee, JC Gaither agreed. “They’re just really not able to agree so it feels like a political shuffle going back and forth.”

And Wyszynski who was surprised by all the disagreeing thinks they need to, “suck it up.”

In addition the shutdown will also close our National Parks including the Springfield Armory. The Center for Disease Control will be severely limited and medical research and studies at the National Institutes of Health will all be delayed.

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