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Government shutdown would impact Virginia

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At midnight, the first full government shutdown in 17 years could begin.

The stalemate continues over President Obama's healthcare reform, Obamacare. The effects of a government shutdown will be felt in Virginia.

Sunday morning, House Republicans passed a funding bill that would delay Obamacare for one year. However, before that bill even hit the floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it clear that bill will die in the Senate.

If Congress doesn't pass a spending bill, some 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed, or forced to stay home without pay. A number of federal services and departments would be halted.

Former Virginia House Delegate Katherine Waddell, an independent, says Republicans are trying to delay the inevitable, President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"House Republicans have added amendments to the legislation that they know are not going to pass the Senate. They know that the president is not going to sign it," said Waddell.

Waddell says government employees and their families will suffer during a recovering economy.

"We have thousands of federal employees in Virginia, in northern Virginia and in Hampton Roads. Are they going to be put on furlough? Are they going to receive their paychecks?" questioned Waddell.

However, the executive director of Richmond's Tea Party, Larry Nordvig, believes the House is only carrying out what Americans want, an end to Obamacare.

"The majority of Americans don't want this. So really, the House is doing what they should do. They're reflecting the will of the people," said Nordvig.

Nordvig says a shutdown isn't unheard of.

"Some politicians on both sides of the aisle have pointed out that a government shutdown is really no different than government operations on Saturday or Sunday," continued Nordvig.

Critical services such as Border Patrol and Air Traffic Control would continue. Legislators voted to pay the military should the shutdown go through. However, reports say a shutdown would cost the taxpayers millions each day of a federal "lights out."

In the event of a shutdown, Social Security and Medicare checks may be delayed. Some other services closed down would be visa and passport applications, enrollment for new Medicare patients, and national parks.

The Senate will return Monday.

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