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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Democratic-controlled senate has approved legislation aimed at preventing a Tuesdayfederal shutdown.

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

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

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

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

Veteran services suchas the VA Clinic will remain open while other government operations that areclassified 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 wedon't come to that," Gohmert said. "I hope we can reach an agreement that canhelp American people not have to suffer."

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

"Send the bill backdown to the floor. Get them to at least agree to do what the president has donefor business," Gohmert said.

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

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

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

Regardless of what happens thisweekend, the government is still facing a dilemma with the debt ceiling debatedeadline being Oct. 18. The nation could default and start another fiscalcrisis.

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