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Government Shutdown Showdown

Congress has until October 1st to pass a new budget for the next fiscal year.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin's nonessential federal employees could be affected if the federal government were to shutdown. Congress has until October 1st to pass a new budget for the next fiscal year. If they do not come to any financial agreements or approve of a temporary spending bill, certain areas of the government will be forced to shutdown, including national parks. The post office and other essential federal employees like the IRS and airport security officials are required to continue working.

"If the federal government were to shutdown, it could kind of effect the broader economy in a since that people become unsettled, they can't understand why the federal government can't in some ways get its fiscal house in order," said William Delehanty, Missouri Southern State University Political Science A.P.

The last time the government shutdown was in late 1995 and early 1996. If the federal government were to shutdown, social security checks would still likely go out on time.

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