MOUNT VERNON — “It’s hard to say what the immediate local impact of the shutdown will be,” said Mount Vernon Nazarene University Assistant Professor of Political Science Christopher Devine.
Social Security checks will continue to arrive and the mail will still be delivered, he said, but there may be some limited effect on services available through Veterans Administration, Social Security and Department of Agriculture offices (although food inspections are exempted).
As for the effect of things like government contracts with local business or industry or money coming from various local programs, he said we’ll just have to wait and see.
“What strikes me is that it is designed to be a dramatic statement, but not so painful that people really get mad,” Devine said. “It’s hard to know what will be affected, there are so many cutouts and exemptions.”
In some places, the effect will be more dramatic, for example if there are a lot of NASA or National Park Service employees in an area.
As for Congress still getting paid, Devine said there have been a few Congressmen who have offered to give their pay back, but he hasn’t heard if that has become anything like a trend.
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