How will impending government shutdown impact Hoosiers?

Hoosiers angry with politicians' failure to agree

INDIANAPOLIS - The impending government shutdown could have an impact on Hoosiers, depending on which federal services they use.

What Hoosiers are likely to see from the federal government Tuesday is a mish-mash, with some federal agencies closing up completely, some not at all, and some doing a little of both.

The local Social Security office will be open, but services will be limited. They won't be able to process requests for new or replacement Social Security cards, replacement Medicare cards or benefit verifications, but they will be able to accept applications for benefits.

Federal courts and the FBI will remain open.

The U.S. Attorney's office is also fully open to deal with criminal prosecutions, but will only do limited work on civil cases.

On the other hand, three national parks in Indiana, including the Indiana Dunes, will be completely closed.

Some people said they were unhappy that federal lawmakers can't seem to reach any kind of agreement.

"I think it's absurd, and I actually live in Maryland. And I travel here for work every week. So I have friends that are in the midst of waiting to hear. And my understanding is that it costs taxpayers a $100 million a day to shut down. So I think that's absurd," one person said.

"I think we're just slowing things up in general. We need to move forward with taking care of people." another Hoosier said.

Even one Republican that spoke to RTV6 said Congress should let the Affordable Care Act go into effect.

"If it fails, it fails. I mean, get rid of it. If it doesn't fail, then, well, we gave it a try and, great, it worked out for everybody, and that's awesome. The end," he said.

If there is an extended shutdown, voters will at some point probably become angry. The question then becomes who will they blame?

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