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Local impacts from government shutdown

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Updated: 9/30/2013 11:34 pm
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- A government shutdown will force federal employee furloughs nationwide, including right here at home in Northeast Florida.

"Unless you're deemed essential you will not be reporting to work," said Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

While a potential shutdown won't bring your day to a complete stop October 1st, it does mean some changes.

Fewer people working for the government could cause local delays in anything that requires a federal stamp of approval, from getting a home loan to buying a gun.

If the Department of Agriculture has to furlough employees, concealed weapons permits could slow down as the requests pileup.

Looking to buy a home? Getting a loan in a government shutdown won't be an easy task either. Lending experts tell Action News they have to go through the IRS which could operate much slower in a shutdown.

Just become eligible for Social Security? Congressman Corrine Brown took time off the floor to tell Action News you won't be able to be processed during a shutdown.

"People have to pay their mortgage they have children it just does not make any sense that we operate in a crisis this has been going on for the last two years," she said. Brown called it a "man-made disaster."

But many house Republicans are standing firm. Representative Ron Desantis says allowing new provisions of Obamacare would hurt families even more.

"Millions of Americans are going to lose their employer provided health insurance and be put into exchanges," he said.
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Fred Thompson - 10/1/2013 6:05 AM
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Seeing that this government shut down won't affect vital services. The postal service/airport security/SS retirement payments. It is good to see "WELFARE/WIC" and unesential park ranger services/government tours will be..STICK IT!! COREEN BROWN (JUST ANOTHER WELFARE PIMP)!

Truthseeker - 10/1/2013 4:21 AM
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"Unless you're deemed essential you will not be reporting to work," said Congresswoman Corrine Brown. So, I guess she is staying home?
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