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Government shutdown: What would you say to Congress?
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Thursday marks day three of the government shutdown, and it seems Congress is no closer to reaching a compromise on a national budget.
People in the Borderland said they're fed up with Congress. Javier Alvarez-Marquez, of San Elizario, said he knows firsthand how this is hurting people.
"I have friends that work for the National Park Service, said Alvarez-Marquez.
Anyone who works at a national park can't go to work, because all parks are shut down.
"They live on a check-by-check basis, and so if they cannot get paid, they cannot pay their rent until the government comes up with some kind of a plan," said Alvarez-Marquez.
Park workers are just one group that's being affected. Since the partial shutdown began on Tuesday, a number of government programs are quickly running out money. Also, many government workers have either been furloughed or they're being forced to work without pay.
Now, people are calling Congress irresponsible.
"It's sad that they can't comply and stay open because of some scuttlebutt up in Congress," said Ronnie Delgado, of central El Paso.
Delgado pointed out that, prior to the partial shutdown, the nation's economy was recovering. He fears if the partial shutdown continues, the nation will fall into default and face long-term effects.
"There's a lot on the line. Personally I would like to see them come and get together and do what needs to be done. Be business as usual. This is the upshot, and it's horrible," said Delgado.
A major reason for the shutdown is a lack of compromise on how to budget the Affordable Care Act. Alvarez-Marquez thinks making Americans suffer because of that isn't worth it.
"The national health care law is a law. It's here to stay," said Alvarez-Marquez.
No one is sure how long the shutdown will last, but the longer the country remains in this state, officials said, the nation's economy will continue to spiral downward.