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How the Government Shutdown will affect Michiana


So what does a government shutdown mean for folks in Michiana?

President Barack Obama assured Americans they'd still have access to mandatory services.  Mail service would continue and the government would pay out medicare, medicaid, social security benefits. Air traffic control, food inspections, national security, border security, the maintenance of the power grid, all of those services will stay open.

There are many services Americans won't have access to.  All national parks will be closed Tuesday. That includes the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. FOX28 spoke with park ranger Bruce Rowe who says beaches, trails, and the campground would all be closed.

Campers already at the campground will have 48 hours to leave.  Rowe also says most employees will be furloughed, including himself.

Some other things that may affect you: passport applications will be suspended along with some services to veterans.
We talked to folks in Michiana Monday evening about what they expect in the coming hours and days.  Some say they anticipate the effects to be minimal. Others say this is a big deal and will be a major inconvenience.

Everyone we talked to agreed that things shouldn't have gotten to this point.

"I just find it really disturbing from both sides. I think both sides really need to just somehow get this done," says William Sullivan who is concerned about a Government shutdown.

"I've been there before, most of us have. Seventeen years ago we lived through the same idea and the same problem. And it's the penalty we pay for being governed by children," says Neil Stalter who is concerned about a Government shutdown.

There was talk that people wouldn't be able to buy guns during a shutdown because background checks wouldn't be processed.

However, we spoke with a manager at Midwest Gun Exchange who said they were informed Monday morning that the service that processes background checks, the FBI's National Instance Criminal Background Check System, would still be up and running, Tuesday.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg also had something to say about the budget battle. He participated in a phone call with White House officials Monday afternoon. In a statement he said,

"I am concerned about the immediate impact that a shutdown would have on the local economy. A shutdown would delay pay, benefits, and services for many who live here, and hold up resources that local organizations count on."

Buttigieg went on to say, regardless of what happens in Washington, the city government will continue to work for residents.

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