How a government shutdown could affect you

Updated: 09/30/2013 12:24 AM
Created: 09/29/2013 8:12 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

While the heated debate continues in Washington local lawmakers are also voicing their frustrations about the potential shutdown.

If time runs out, thousands of people will be affected throughout the state, including people here in Rochester.

So how could the potential shutdown affect you?

When the government shutdown back in 1995 and 1996 it cost taxpayers $1.4-billion. If you do the math, today that would be $2-billion dollars

It isn't just about the money.

Senator Chuck Schumer told  News10NBC thousands of federal workers here in New York will be affected, along with tens of thousands of highway workers who depend on federal highway projects.

Also, even though Social Security and veteran's benefits will still go out, those who are planning to file for Social Security and Medicare will have to wait.

If there is a government shutdown, you should know your mail will still come, Medicare patients will still be treated, student loans and Pell Grants will not be affected and active military members will remain on duty.

In fact, the majority of government workers will remain on the clock.

Even though the nation is right in the edge of a government shutdown, local lawmakers say it is avoidable. News10NBC spoke to Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter about the potential shutdown. They have a strong message for those who are for the shutdown.

“Don't hold people hostage. You may have strong views on 'Obamacare' and you may want to debate those. That's fair. That's what Congress is all about. But don't hold people hostage,” said Sen. Schumer.

“It's time for this temper tantrum with this speaker to end, for cooler heads to prevail. There must be some cooler heads here on the other side and with time running out, the majority has to act to keep this government open and try to get this economy on track,” said Congresswoman Slaughter.

Not everyone is against the potential shutdown. Congressman Chris Collins released a statement..

"My constituents have spoken very clearly. It is time for Washington Democrats to stop playing legislative games, keep the government funded and finally end the train wreck that is 'Obamacare.' The choice is theirs," saild Congressman Collins.
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Government shutdown or not, President Obama's health care law should not be impacted this week. The Affordable Care Act  is set to roll out its individual insurance plans on Tuesday.  People who wish to sign up on that first day should not be affected.

News10NBC will continue to follow this story and pass along any new developments as they become available.


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