LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Several state agencies receive federal revenue including the Department of Human Services and with a government shutdown coming, those agencies will be forced to cut their payroll until those funds are reinstated.
Governor Mike Beebe calls it a crisis wholly manufactured by Congress and says not only will these furloughs affect those Arkansans and their families, it also hurts our state and local economies.
Damage, he says, will be compounded by the furlough of federal employees in Arkansas as well.
"The feds are doing this, not us," said Gov. Beebe. "I was on a conference call with the White House today with a bunch of governors and we had questions and they said 'we'll get back to you.'"
In the event of a government shutdown, national parks and museums will close, Visa and passport applications will not be processed and some veteran's services will not be available.
Those things not affected will be air traffic control, food inspections, border security, postal service, and checks for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Amy Webb with the Department of Human Services said, "About 400 DHS employees could be furloughed beginning tomorrow."
And what does Arkansas' delegation have to say? Here are the statements THV11 has received today:
Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas): "Tonight, I voted to keep our government fully funded, while also repealing Congress's special exemption from Obamacare. Now, the Democratic Senate has a simple choice: keep the government open or keep their special Obamacare exemption. I call on Senate Democrats to put the well-being of Arkansans ahead of their personal self-interest-pass this bill and keep our government open."
Congressman Tim Griffin (R- Arkansas): "The House will send the Senate a bill that will keep the federal government open and overturn the President's special Obamacare subsidies for Members of Congress and Senators. The Obama Administration has decided that Members of Congress and Senators should be given special treatment under Obamacare-treatment that no other American gets. That's not fair, and the House is acting to fix it. Will Senate Democrats shut down the government to protect their special Obamacare treatment?"
Senator Mark Pryor (D- Arkansas) tweeted: "Senate passed responsible Farm Bill in June. House failed to act. Tomorrow we'll revert back to 1949 policy. My-way-or-hwy politics bad 4 ag econ (agriculture economy)."
Senator John Boozman (R- Arkansas): "A government shutdown has real implications for seniors, veterans and hardworking Arkansas families who rely on the services provided by federal agencies. A continuing resolution is not the responsible way to fund the government. We need to get back to the basics by passing appropriations bills so we can eliminate the threat of interruptions in government services. What is even more irresponsible is Senate Majority Leader Reid's delay tactics of debating House-passed bills in the Senate. We need to work together to find common ground to keep the government operating and he needs to be willing to negotiate."
Congressman Steve Womack (R- Arkansas): "The House has acted time and time again to avert a government shutdown and spare Americans from the pain Obamacare will undoubtedly cause. And tonight, we acted yet again and passed a sensible proposal that keeps the government open, gives individuals and families the same delay that employers have been afforded, and eliminates members' employer contribution. Unfortunately, the Senate, so hellbent on protecting President Obama and his signature law, has rejected compromise outright. I am disappointed that the Senate has refused to listen to the American people and work with the House, but I am hopeful we will come together to keep the government's lights on."