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Tonko, Gibson look to avoid gov't shutdown
ALBANY -- Congressmen Paul Tonko, D- Amsterdam, and Rep. Chris Gibson, R- Kinderhook, both said Wednesday they are heading back to DC with hopes to help avoid a government shutdown.
Lawmakers in Washington are squabbling over the so called Obamacare initiative that is set to kick in October 1st. Many GOP lawmakers are threatening a shutdown, of government spending, if funding for the Affordable Healthcare for America Act is not delayed or repealed.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are anxiously waiting to see if they will have a job next week. In the Capital Region alone some 6,400 people are federal workers.
If there is a shutdown only the "essential services" of federal government spending would survive. That term mainly covers national security and public safety.
Many civilian employees could be let go or furloughed until there is a deal.
"To me we should be focused on mission accomplishment and that means working together to fund the government as the constitution requires," said Rep. Gibson Wednesday.
Gibson's democratic counterpart, Rep. Paul Tonko, said he also wants to make sure government continues to operate.
"It is my hope that the Senate will send a clean funding bill to the House as expected--without political messaging provisions that defunds the ACA for the 42nd time," Tonko said in a statement.