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Borderland residents react to government shutdown
Thousands of federal workers to be furloughed
By: Ruben Veloz
EL PASO, Texas--Major parts of the federal government are closed this morning as the U.S. government went into a partial shutdown.
This is the first time since 1995 that the government has been in a shutdown.
It all started when Republican members of Congress couldn't agree on a budget that would include President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect today.
"They don't come to terms together so it's one constantly battling the other one, so I think it all comes down to the parties," said west El Pasoan Alejandro Fierro.
As a result, more than 800,000 of the nation's 2 million federal workers will be forced to stay at home without pay.
National parks are also shut down and veteran support centers are closed.
"What's going to happen to our economy?" said east El Pasoan Irma Garcia.
Economists predict if Congress can't come up with a resolution soon, the government will lose $8 billion per week.
"I do believe that I as a citizen will suffer because of unemployment," said Garcia "I mean right now I have it, but later I may not."
Obama said the military and parts of U.S. national security will not be affected, however members of the border patrol and air traffic controllers may not be getting their pay checks on time.
"I don't think it's right that they should constantly be bickering and fighting," said Fierro, "They should just come to a resolution."
Obama says Medicare and Medicaid benefits will not be affected.
Social Security checks will be given out.
The government has two weeks to come up with a budget before it has to start borrowing money.