CBS6 - Search Results
Local representatives speak out after late night debate to avoid government shut-down
WASHINGTON D.C. -- It's been a back and forth battle in Washington as debates continue to avoid a government shut-down come Tuesday.
It was a late night debate on the House floor Saturday, as Democrats are upset republicans approved legislation that the president is vowing to veto.
The bill would fund the government until December 15th - and would also delay parts of the Affordable Care Act until 2014.
Congressmen Paul Tonko says politics need to be left out.
"I remain hopeful I would hope that cool heads prevail here the order of repealing the affordable care act 45 times over is not only costly to the taxpayer but becomes nonsensical if you keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results it kind of leaves you wondering," he says.
But Senate Democrats like Tonko and the President say they'll reject the House bill, putting congress back at square one.
Representative Chris Gibson agrees.
"I believe the Senate will reject this continuing resolution and we'll be back to square one tomorrow, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown - which I oppose. "
Should there be a shutdown, the ripple effects would be felt all around the nation and right here in the Capital Region.
"There will be impacts on various services on perhaps our veterans and some of their expenditures and some of the social security of medicare adjustments that need to be made there are all sorts of services that could be impacted and certainly furloughing of some workers, it's not in our best interest," Tonko says.
National parks will close, applications for government insured mortgages would be put on hold, but most government functions will continue including delivery of the mail and social security checks. Airport screeners and the military would stay on the job.
If the government shuts down some 800-thousand federal workers could be told to stay home next week. According to the Fiscal Times, a government shutdown would cost tax payers 150 million dollars per day.