Virginia lawmakers concerned about impact of government shutdown

Virginia lawmakers concerned about impact of government shutdown

Virginia lawmakers concerned about impact of government shutdown

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 7:54 AM

WASHINGTON, DC-Virginia lawmakers are worried about the impact of the government shutdown will have on people in the state.

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st D.) talked live on 13News Now at Daybreak about the shutdown.

"I think it’s bitterly disappointing that we are here at this particular point. I think it’s a sign that leadership from both sides has failed to get the nation’s work done."

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) was disappointed with the vote.

"The House of Representatives has shut down the government of the United States by rejecting an interim spending measure passed by the Senate, even though that bill accepted the House's own spending target through November 15. This action hurts the American economy and millions of Americans. The House should reconsider its action and re-open government immediately," he said in a statement posted on his Website.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) added, “It is disappointing that the House majority is prepared to shut down the federal government in its continuing ideological opposition to the Affordable Care Act. This is not a responsible way to conduct our nation’s business."

On Monday, Gov. Bob McDonnell conceded the shutdown could cause fiscal mayhem because Virginia is heavily dependent on Washington spending. He blamed both President Barack Obama and the House's GOP leadership for what he called "political brinksmanship."

Hundreds of thousands of government workers will be off the job Tuesday, but some essential services will continue.

First thing Tuesday, 13News Now reported on the impact of the shutdown. The U.S. Coast Guard Finance Center called to report it was closed but supervisory and exempt employees were to report to work.  A message on its employee information said "Due to lapse in government appropriation, supervisory and exempt employees only should report for work. Check back for future updates."

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