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Locals React to Shutdown

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Will the federal government shutdown? That's still waiting to be determined,  but many experts say, yes.

If a federal spending deal is not voted on, important parts of the government will shut down.

The constitution is clear, congress has only one key job, passing spending bills that fund the federal government. In the event the senate does not come to an agreement, more than 783,000 government workers will be out of work as of Tuesday, 12:01 A.M. EST.

So here's the big question, will you be affected?

Should the government shut down, federal authorities have said national parks, furloughed federal workers and federal agencies which provide such things as house loans, gun permits and passports, will be closed.

But some Billings residents aren't too worried, at least not yet.

"From what I'veheard, it won't effect me at all," said Billings resident, Chris Evans.

Perhaps a small disconnect from Americans on what exactly is happening, may turn out better than expected; as a federal government shutdown will not effect mail service, the military, or even social security checks. But some are still keeping a watchful eye.

"Oh I will keep myeye on it. But I guess I just didn't really think it will be impacting mepersonally as much. But I'll keep my eye on it obviously," said local resident, Patti Boltz.

But of course, there are also those who will be effected and are hoping the senate does reach a compromise.

"Yes it will effectme," said one Billings resident. "My husband works for the federal government. So it would effect our incomeif it lasts for very long."

As of now, it's unclear how long the shutdown will last, should it happen. If it's only a few days, the impact should be minimal. However, the Montana Bureau of Labor and Industry notes 12,300 federal employees in Montana will be affected.

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