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What does the possible U.S. government shutdown mean for East Texas?

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The Democratic-controlled senate has approved legislation aimed at preventing a Tuesday federal shutdown.

It remains unclear whether the Senate and House will be able to complete a compromise in time to get President Barack Obama's signature before the government has to close. East Texas News has information on what exactly will be shut down.

As October 1st gets closer, tensions over a government budget get tighter.

"Over the next three days, house republicans will have to decide whether to join the senate and keep the government open or shut it down because they can't get there way," Obama said in a recent speech.

Just because you hear the words government shutdown, that does not mean that crucial services will stop. Mail will be delivered, taxes will still be collected, the military will be ready to protect, and social security will come in on time.

Veteran services such as the VA Clinic will remain open while other government operations that are classified as essential will remain open. If a deal is not reached, recreational areas such as Ratcliff Lake will be closed.

Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) hopes that does not become reality.

"I'm hoping we don't come to that," Gohmert said. "I hope we can reach an agreement that can help American people not have to suffer."

Last week, Congress passed their own bill, and Gohmert said more can be done with the Senate's latest proposal that took out House-approved language wanting to de-fund Obamacare.

"Send the bill back down to the floor. Get them to at least agree to do what the president has done for business," Gohmert said.

Gohmert said big business can wait a year to implement Obamacare so why can't the individuals whose income tax is going up, who are going to have to pay more for insurance?

"Why can't they get the same break?" Gohmert said.

Gohmert also says he believes a compromise should be completed this weekend. Until then, Americans will wait.

Regardless of what happens this weekend, the government is still facing a dilemma with the debt ceiling debate deadline being Oct. 18. The nation could default and start another fiscal crisis.

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