U.S. government braces for possible shutdown
NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - The United States House of Representatives introduced a new infrastructure bill on Monday to Congress.
Government funding expires on Sept. 30th at midnight. The infrastructure bill comes alongside President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, which is aimed toward expanding education, health care and childcare support, tackling the climate crisis and making further investments in infrastructure.
If the approval of the bills is unsuccessful, the federal government could undergo a partial shutdown, affecting a number of different government agencies.
Political experts, like Carteret Community College political science professor Greta Quinn, describe the current state of the nation saying, “We’ve never had a global pandemic and a possible government shutdown at the same time.”
When asked what she believed could prevent the first government debt default in American history, Quinn suggested removing the government debt ceiling found in current government infrastructure legislation.
Quinn also spoke on the effects a partial shutdown could the have on the healthcare industry in the midst of a global pandemic.
“How will we continue to pay CDC workers and any type of healthcare workers within the federal system if we are in a government shutdown? That could be threatening to making a headway in the COVID response. It would just add another layer of difficulty in an already difficult time.”
The Department of Health and Human Services permits federal healthcare workers to continue to work if stopping work puts lives at risk.
However, those workers would not receive compensation until the federal funding is approved.
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