The impact of the federal government shutdown has a direct impact on our local community.
The point of contention in all of this is president Obama’s Affordable Care Act or Obama Care.
At first, House Republicans wanted to get rid of it, but Monday, offered a compromise of a one year delay, however, Senate Democrats said it was all or nothing.
One local political science expert says even if both parties do agree in the next few days on a temporary budget, we will likely face a standoff again, in just a couple of weeks.
“The congress has two responsibilities, pass a budget and pay the bills,” said President Obama.
However, Congress failed to pass a spending bill, meaning the government does not have legal authority to spend money.
“It's time for the Senate to listen to the American people, just like the house has listened to the American people, and pass a one-year delay of Obama Care,” said Speaker Boehner.
Republicans are blaming Democrats and Democrats are pointing the finger right
Toole says this government shutdown is the Republicans final crack at delaying Obama Care before its permanently in place,” said Toole.
“We've learned in a long history of American politics that once you begin a bureaucratic program it’s very hard to stop it,” said Toole.
There have been 12 government shutdowns since 1981, with the most recent coming in 1995--spanning 21 days.
“Until congress and the president agree on a continuing resolution to continue to fund the U.S government we cannot spend money,” said Toole.
Along with the government shutdown, the deadline to raise the debt ceiling is quickly approaching, Oct. 17 to be exact. Toole says if the debt ceiling isn’t increased, the consequences could be detrimental.
“Not to do so could be incredibly damaging in ways that I think most people cannot really imagine right now,” said Toole.