How government shutdown would affect local agencies

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by KREM.com/Rebecca Perry

KREM.com

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 6 at 5:11 PM

SPOKANE -- Lawmakers must reach a budget decision by Friday night.  As of Wednesday republicans were looking for spending cuts above the $33 billion that democrats put on the table.

If a decision can’t be reached some local offices will shut their doors, affecting people living in the Inland Northwest.  However, the shutdown would not affect any post offices in the area and your mail would not be affected.  Social security offices would also remain open.  This means people would continue to get their social security checks as well as Medicaid and Medicare.  All VA facilities, law enforcement, military and homeland security offices would also stay open.

If a shut down does occur all of the IRS offices would close their doors, which means no tax audits during that time and no processing of tax refund checks until the shutdown is over.

The shutdown would also put all FHA housing loans on hold, that’s 30 percent of the current housing market.

Military members at Fairchild would continue to earn money, but would not receive any checks until the Government reopens.

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