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Government Shutdown: Day 5
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 05, 2013 @ 11:51PM
Created on October 05, 2013 @ 5:57PM

It's day 5 of the government shutdown, and Congress is still at a stalemate. While they spend most of their time bickering back and forth about how to fund the government, that's putting more and more federal government employees out of work, and making them angry at the people who they elected into congress.

The shutdown started out as just closing national parks, and furloughing about 800,000 federal employees. Some of those effects hit home right here in the Mountain State.

5 News spoke to some people who said they're tired of congress bickering. They said if they don't figure out something soon, it could lead to financial problems for them, and even make them reconsider their vote.

"I'm tired of hearing about it. They're acting like children, and they can't compromise. They're in charge of our country," said Deb Estanich, Bridgeport resident.

Officials said the longer the government remains shut down, the more money our country loses. When the government was last shut down back in 1995 and 1996, the country lost about $1.5 billion.

In today's money, that would be equal to more than $2 billion. While there's still no federal budget, the clock ticks for the debt ceiling deadline, which is in just a few short weeks.

That cause the government to default on loans and bonds, and could even effect the world's economy.

Some representatives in Congress said they're trying to meet in the middle somewhere, and get something passed so the government can re-open for business.

200 House Democrats have signed their names to a letter reaffirming our commitment to support a clean, continuing resolution on the $988 billion Republican number. This hasn't been easy, but in order to open government, we'll have to do so," said U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), of California's 12th Congressional District.

At last check, the GOP recommended a six week spending plan, which would apparently by-pass Obamacare.


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