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How Pennsylvania will be affected by a shutdown

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 30 2013 05:06:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 01 2013 06:01:18 AM CDT

Pennsylvania would feel the effects of a federal government shutdown.

Pennsylvania would feel the effects of a federal government shutdown.

"In terms of what this means for Pennsylvania, we have both some immediate impacts and then obviously some other impacts," said U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) during a news conference Monday.

"In Pennsylvania we have about 71,000 federal employees who could be furloughed. If it goes a number of days, obviously that could be days of furlough. If it goes longer than that, it's all the worse," said Casey.

If the government shutdown happens at midnight Monday, national parks would close including Independence National Historical Park, where the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are located in Philadelphia.

"If you're a new applicant for Social Security, your application will be at a minimum slowed down. In Pennsylvania we have some 11,600 people that file new Social Security claims every month," said Casey.

"What the House should do is take up our legislation and pass a resolution that doesn't have any strings attached to it. That way the government can function, we can have a functioning government Tuesday morning and then we can continue to have debates about any issue that they want to talk about," Casey added.

During an interview with CNN Monday, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA 15th) said, "Now that we've sent over two volleys to the U.S. Senate and they rejected both, I think now it's imperative that we just fund the government, get on with the business of governing."

Dent added, "I voted to repeal, delay, defund Obamacare. I have all sorts of problems with the Health Care law but I also realize it's not going to change between now and the end of the day."

A statement from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) Monday said, in part, "This afternoon, I voted in support of legislation that would have kept the government running after midnight, delayed the president’s health care law, and repealed the job-killing medical device tax. On a party-line vote, Senator Harry Reid rejected this compromise offer and voted to shut down the government instead."

The release from Toomey's office also said the Senate passed legislation Monday that would make sure military members, Defense Department civilians and contractors would still get paid during a government shutdown.

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