WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) — Republican U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus says the government shutdown will have significant negative consequences, but will not delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“Our credit rating could be lowered which would raise our borrowing costs almost immediately. It would interrupt essential government services. It would not interrupt Obamacare funding because that, the Obamacare bill designates that that takes priority so you don’t really achieve postponement of Obamacare. And it is having a lot of negative impacts already – people are being advised they can only work 29 hours a week. They’re being told that their health insurance at their business or office may no longer be provided and they’re shifting those on to the government roles. The government’s having to pick up those expenses and people that were promised they could keep their health care, like the Teamsters, have suddenly found out that wasn’t true,” said Rep. Spencer Bachus,(R.)6th District.
Rep. Bachus says a shutdown would likely mean many civilian defense workers would be furloughed. Bachus says Alabama will feel the impact of those furloughs in a big way.
“Not only would Huntsville be hit hard, but road construction, sewer, water projects, air traffic, it- there’s going to be serious consequences and financial markets would be impacted,” said Rep. Bachus.
Hundreds of civilian federal workers at the Anniston Army Depot may also be impacted, according to Charles Barclay with the American Federation of Government Employees.
Barclay is 1st Vice President of the AFGE Local 1945 in Eastaboga. He says most of the three to four thousand workers at the Anniston Army Depot will be exempt from furloughs, but a government shutdown could push two to three hundred non-exempt workers into emergency furloughs without pay.
According to Barclay, the union is encouraging all workers to come to work Tuesday as usual because the continuation plan may include enough funding for 15 days or more. They expect to know more information as more details are hammered out between now and Tuesday morning.
After more than two decades in office, the longtime Republican Congressman from Alabama is also announcing that he will not seek reelection in 2014.
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