Local Reaction To Looming Partial Government Shutdown

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

If Democrats and Republicans don't agree on a budget resolution soon, some federal services will start to shut down. So a lot of Wichitans are asking, what's the hold up?

“Just come to an agreement, we're all adults they should be able to,” Wichitan Jocelyn Smith Pfannenstiel said.

"Congress, Senate should play together. They should be able to work things out for the American people,” Wichitan Mike Smith said.

A government shutdown means hundreds of thousands of government workers would face furloughs.

"Capitol Hill is going to still get their paychecks but government employees won't,” Chris Alvarez said.

"I hope people with government jobs can still get paid. My dad's on social security, I hope he gets his check in the mail,” Pfannenstiel said.

A shutdown also means if you're applying for a visa or passport, prepare for delays. Because the Federal Housing Administration will close, mortgages will be delayed for first-time home buyers. Plus, all of the national parks in our country, like the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve here in Kansas will be off limits to the public starting Tuesday.

As it looks more and more like a government shut down is going to happen, some Wichitans are worrying about what it means for them.

"Yeah I do want to become a substitute teacher and I just hope that when I apply for my background checks and things like that they're not held up,” Pfannenstiel said.

Others tell us, they're just frustrated by what they call a lack of compromise on Capitol Hill.

"If Congress can't get it together we should just vote them out and start all over again,” Smith said.

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