Created: 09/30/2013 7:30 AM WHEC.com
By: Nikki Rudd
A government shutdown will cost taxpayers an estimated $2-billion but it could also affect thousands of people in our community on a more personal level.
Senator Charles Schumer says 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
In addition, even though Social Security and veteran's benefits will still be paid, those who are planning to file for Social Security and Medicare will have to wait.
You need to know that if there is a government shutdown, 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.
Local lawmakers are voicing their frustrations about the political ping pong going on in Washington. We spoke with Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. They have a strong message for those House republicans.
Senator Schumer said, “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.”
Congresswoman Slaughter said, “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.”
Republican Congressman Chris Collins says the issue lies with the democrats. He released a statement saying, “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."
The Affordable Care Act is set to roll out its individual insurance plans on Tuesday, October 1 -- government shutdown or not. If you want to sign up, you should not be affected.