WASHINGTON (WUSA9/AP) -- Thousands of families will feel the effects of a government shutdown with one less income coming into the household.
WUSA 9's Delia Goncalves caught up with some federal workers who were unsure if Monday's trip to the jobwould bethe last one for now.Some remain hopeful there will be a compromise.Others area bit more skeptical in Congress' ability to compromise as the clock ticks down.
If there is a shutdown, it would be the first in 17 years. The battle between parties is driven by a budget dispute over the president's health care law. House Speaker John Boehner blamed Senate Democrats for taking Sunday off."Well my goodness, if there's such an emergency, where are they?"Boehner said shortly after the house began its session on Monday.
The Senate returns shortly after 2 p.m., just 10 hours before a threatened shutdown. Majority Leader Harry Reid wants the House to vote onthe Senate's bill to keep the government open. Reid plans votes to reject GOP-crafted amendments to delay the health care law and eliminate a tax on medical devices.
If there's no compromise by the deadline, national parks would close, many low-to-moderate incomes borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays and passport applications would be delayed. Approximately 800,000 federal workers would be forced off the job without pay. Some critical services such as patrolling the borders, inspecting meat and controlling air traffic would continue. Social Security benefits would be sent, and the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs for the elderly and poor would continue to pay doctors and hospitals.