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Federal Government Shutdown Would Affect Services Across California

The state could be left to carry the fiscal burden as a deadline looms for Congress

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

A shutdown of the federal government would close services across California and could force the cash-strapped state to front funding for programs without being reimbursed right away.

The U.S. House of Representatives has a deadline of midnight Friday to reach a budget compromise or a shutdown will go into effect Saturday, said Ashley Schapitl, press secretary for Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara. A shutdown can be avoided even without a decision on a final budget number, since a short-term measure could be approved to keep the government funded until it figures out the details.

If a shutdown is announced, representatives will work through the weekend.

A shutdown of a couple of days would be inconvenient, but a few weeks would force states to front all money for cost-sharing programs — including unemployment — for which they’re usually immediately reimbursed by the federal government, Schapitl said.

Capps’ district, which stretches along the Central Coast from the Monterey-San Luis Obispo County line to Oxnard, has 10,590 federal employees and 10,905 federal retirees. Schapitl said it’s unclear how many employees would be affected by the shutdown.

All national parks would be closed, Internal Revenue Service tax refunds could be delayed, payments to federal contractors would be halted and there could be delayed payments from the Department of Education. Most of the education funding is not mandatory but is subject to appropriations, Schapitl said.

Lowered staffing most likely would cause delays in processing passports, new Social Security applications and other administrative services.

However, payments to “essential” or mandated programs would continue, including Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and food stamp programs.

The U.S. Postal Service is self-sustaining off postage and mailing fees, and hasn’t been funded with federal money since the 1970s, so it would be unaffected by a shutdown.

Capps’ offices throughout the district would try to keep services available to constituents, including veteran benefits and home mortgage modifications.

“Congresswoman Capps believes there is simply no reason for a government shutdown,” Schapitl said in a statement. “We basically have a budget agreement that makes historic cuts in federal spending.  In fact, Congress has already cut over $50 billion and the level of remaining cuts put on the table by the president and Senate Democrats exceeds what Speaker (John) Boehner initially announced as his goal.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, House Republicans and Democrats are still at a stalemate in discussing billions of dollars in budget cuts for the next fiscal year.

The last government shutdown in fiscal year 1996 involved closures of national parks and monuments; suspended work on thousands of bankruptcy cases; forced delays in processing passport applications, interruptions in veteran services, and delays in processing alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives applications; and forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cease disease surveillance, according to information sent from Capps’ office.

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» on 04.08.11 @ 02:52 PM

The real fear is from government. They are afraid we’ll figure out once they shut down we don’t need them after all.

» on 04.09.11 @ 12:38 PM

Outrageous that military personnel in harm’s way are not considered “essential personnel”.

» on 04.09.11 @ 04:03 PM

14 Trillion owed by the taxpayer because of Welfare and other hand outs—
2 billion a day in interest?? just intersest—

Vote the Libby’s out and protect our currency..

» on 04.09.11 @ 06:15 PM

Once again the GOP loses its spine and allows the criminals who call themselves democrats to get away with screwing us again. $38 billion out of a $3.6 trillion budget and the dems call that draconian? Has the democrat party gone insane? The GOP doesn’t have the political will to fight them, obviously.

So please, American military rescue us from these pirates, criminals and cowards. Launch a coup, round up the idiots running amok in the white house and then take both houses of congress into custody.

There are so many thoughtful intelligent people in this country who actually give a damn about our future who could actually lead us. Most of them are serving in your ranks, brave courteous and intelligent with an eye on the future and what is really important.

So please do it. Take over and end this idiotic insanity masquerading as a government. When you are done and have installed these courageous leaders who would not be chained to old back room dealers and lame partisan politics, we your loyal and faithful citizens will have a chance to restore our tried and true traditional values back into a new civilian government.

But first the cockroaches must be exterminated.

Ok, ranting done and spleen vented, whew! This whole debacle solved absolutely nothing people, we are still in immediate and grave danger and the lunatics are running the asylum.

» on 04.11.11 @ 12:23 AM

AN50, you absolutely need to be in an asylum. You have lost your tether on reality.

» on 04.11.11 @ 02:08 PM

Oooh and yer the bastion of calm cool reason, huh? I am beginning to see why the other guys give you such a hard time rambler; you have nothing of any noteworthy consequence to say. What a dope.

» on 04.11.11 @ 04:34 PM

Oh please, Mr. Brave Soldier Man, take over our government and save us from the bogeymen. Let me lick your boots as you check my papers.

Get a grip, man.

» on 04.11.11 @ 04:40 PM

This whole thing would be over and done if the Republicans hadn’t tried to throw Planned Parenthood under the bus. The numbers were met. The GOP ideologues lost sight of their stated objectives because they are totally obsessed with trying to put American women under their heel.

GOP: The America Taliban

» on 04.11.11 @ 05:34 PM

Yep, I will let you lick my boots. I’ll make sure I walk through the park after the dogs have run loose first.

Besides this whole thing would have been done if the democrat party had passed the budget in friggen OCTOBER when it was due, instead of trying to see which way the political winds were blowing in November a month late and then finding out it WAS too late, idiots!

Ah, did you forget that? Oh, I guess that slipped yer feeble mind? The headlines read, “Dems don’t pass budget when they have a majority in both houses, they blame republicans and rambler believes it.” Nice story.

BTW – since when is demanding women pay less attention to fornicating and more attention to that little life growing in their belly, being underfoot? Abortions are allowable for rape victims or in cases of pregnancy endangering the mother, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna fund it for birth control, AH. Get yer mind out of the gutter.

Every talking point you give can be debunked by a high school junior and have been for some time. The only idiots still spewing crap like “the GOP ideologues lost sight of their stated objectives because they are totally obsessed with trying to put American women under their heel” are little school children brain washed by their hippy parents. When you have a conversation with an adult you actually need to think before you write.

Of course I don’t and I still beat the crap out of you without even trying. I’m sure there must be a news sight that caters to children and allows for pedantic responses. Oh, yeah, the Indy! Take a hike Empty, I mean Rambler.

» on 04.11.11 @ 05:51 PM

Uh-oh. What time was “happy hour” today, 9AM?

» on 04.11.11 @ 08:10 PM

And the smack down continues. Still can’t find a cogent answer can you?

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