What government shut down could mean for you

Rocco Mazzini
Rocco Mazzini

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - As federal lawmakers battle over the budget in Washington DC, their decisions, or in this case, lack there of, could greatly affect your everyday life.

NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos looked into what could happen in the government shuts down.

Republicans and Democrats have less than two weeks to reach an agreement on the nation's budget... If they can't find common ground by March 4th, the government will run out of money and most services will be shut down.

That means the government benefit checks so many people in our area rely on will be delayed, since those who work the computers generating the checks will be furloughed.

We spoke with several people today who all say if that were to happen, they don't know what they'd do. Rocco Mazzini, who depends on those checks fear what could happen. He says, "Eviction. Your rent is due on a certain day. Your lights could get shut off. There are penalties for that. Your gas. Your food only lasts a certain amount of time. You buy what you can on a limited access of money."

If lawmakers force a shut-down, national parks, museums, passport and visa operations, along with welfare, veteran's health services and federal housing administration would be closed.

There are a few services that you'd still have access to... Postal workers and the TSA at airports will continue to work.

The last time the government shut down was in office back in 1995 when Clinton was in office... The feds closed for 5 days while they sorted everything out.