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Syria's Impact on Federal Budget
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on September 06, 2013 @ 7:33PM
Created on September 06, 2013 @ 7:28PM

Everyone around the world is watching closely to see what kind of action the United States might take against the Syrian government following a chemical weapons attack just a few weeks ago.

Some government officials are heading back to Capitol Hill early to discuss what involvement the U.S. should have. With the government's focus on Syria some people are asking, what kind of impact will this have on one of congress' other top priorities, approving a fiscal budget for 2014.

Dr. Scott Crichlow is a political science professor at WVU . When asked about what impact the Syrian conflict could have he said, "The more days this takes up in congress, the fewer days there will be to deal with any other issues. Issues as important as the budget are going to get pushed back and will have to be decided on in a smaller and smaller time frame, which could make it harder to come to an agreement."

The fiscal budget was going to be one of congress' top priorities when it returned from its summer recess. In order to prevent a partial government shutdown a new budget needs to be passed by September 30. If not, some governmental services could be cut.

"It'll be things that are already happening, say with the sequester, they'll be continued and sort of ramped up in that regard," said Dr. Crichlow.

U.S. officials are saying the Syrian government, which is currently fighting a civil war, used chemical weapons on its own people. It's been estimated that about 1,400 people died in the attack.

Some people are worried about the impact Syria could have, but many others believe dealing with Syria is just as important as the budget.

"It kind of makes me worry a little bit because we're already having problems passing a budget without going and intervening in Syria," said Harrison County resident Erika Voreh.

Harrison County resident Alex Davisson said, "The fiscal budget is important, but Syria is definitely an important event as well. I feel if we don't take Syria seriously we could end up in a bit of trouble."

Political experts are saying people should keep an eye on the calendar because the longer it takes to decide what to do about Syria, the less time the government will have to approve a spending bill. 


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