Congress Prepares for a Long Night in Preparation for a Possible Government Shutdown
Published September 30th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- Congress has not yet agreed on a budget-- because of continuing disagreements over funding the new federal healthcare law.
House Republicans want to de-fund "Obamacare" in the latest government budget bill.
Senate Democrats want to keep it in place.
Experts say that with both House Republicans and Democrats digging their heels in the ground, the chance for progress before midnight is unlikely.
More than 750-thousand workers deemed non essential will be sent home Tuesday in the event of a shutdown.
And the consequences will be felt by more than just non essential federal employees.
UF Political Science Professor Michael Martinez explains, "if the national parks are closed then the people who operate restaurants and private tours and hotels on the rim of the national parks and things like that will be affected as well."
The last time the federal government was shut down was back in 1995 for a period of 21 days.
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