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Impact of federal government shutdown on Rhode Island

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

When it comes to federal spending - including the new Obama care law - local Republicans mirror their national party.

"It's too much and we have to strategize the way that we spend money now. We can't continually spend money, the way that the government is. We have to spend money, like we do in our own home," said State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-RI).

Air travel in an out of T.F. Green would not be affected by a government shutdown, but people seeking passports for travel would have to wait.

National parks would also close because they are considered non–essential services.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "If the federal government did shutdown, all federal all enforcement would remain on duty, but some Federal Court activity might be scaled back."

Members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation hope it does not come to that.

"You got to believe that the sober and responsible leaders of the Republican Party don't want to be responsible for this, and that they will find a way," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

The state is supposed to start providing the so–called Obama care to those who want it, and leaders say a government shutdown, should not interfere.

"We in Rhode Island are full–speed ahead. We've been out in the community, talking to small businesses and families about Health Source RI which is opening on October 1 and what that should mean for affordable health insurance and we're ready to go," said Lt. Gov. Liz Roberts (D-RI).

The last time the U.S.  government shutdown was 17 years ago.

 

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