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Local reaction to potential government shutdown

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - With the political drama unfolding in congress, a potential shutdown of the federal government is possible.

Congress has not passed a budget in years. Since then congress has been passing continuing resolutions to fund the government.

"The federal government in the last six years has not had a budget. They've been existing on continuing resolutions which is a fancy way of saying we're going to spend the same amount of money we did last year but with built in increases," explained LSUA Political Science Professor Jim Rogers.

If a continuing resolution is not passed by the October 1st deadline, the government will shut down; but what does that mean?

"There are lots of people in Washington and all over the country who are considered non-essential personnel. Those people will be furloughed. They'll essentially be told to go home, stay home because you're not going to be paid," said Rogers.

It is likely that those who are furloughed would be paid retroactively-- while essential operations like homeland security will still operate, social security checks will still be sent out and the post office will still deliver.  Government shutdowns have occurred in past.

"We've had over a dozen significant shutdowns of government in the sense that neither budgets nor continuing resolutions have been passed," said Rogers.

Is it amped political drama? We asked locals here in Cenla to express their concerns.

"It seems like every time this year that the government always wants to put the threat in that they're going to shut down and that they have all these problems to me is just to get people upset," said Edward Ambush Sr.

"If the government shuts down it would not be a long-term shutdown. It would be a short temporary sort of like reboot as you would to have your computer rebooted," said an Alexandria resident.

"We never shut down you know nothing never changes.  That's just like when they said the end of the world at that time it came. We're still here you know?" added Ambush.

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