The Government Shutdown is a Disaster

VA The Government Shutdown is a Disaster

I fathom to wonder what will happen if the government does not open soon? The government shutdown is a disaster. The C-Span callers are very emotional tonight. Young men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect their country. In the meantime,  Department of Veterans Affairs Spent $1 Million on TV Ads During Government Shutdown.

Day 9 of the government shutdown. The bickering among Hill leaders doesn’t help resolve the stalemate. President Obama says no negotiations will happen until Republicans reopen government and lift the debt ceiling. That, Republicans say, gives up their only leverage.

About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.

Shinseki spelled out some of the dire consequences of a longer-term shutdown in testimony before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Short term, there’s been a delay in processing claims by an average of about 1,400 per day since the shutdown began Oct. 1. That has stalled the department’s efforts to reduce the backlog of disability claims pending for longer than 125 days.

In all, more than $6 billion in benefits to about 5 million veterans and their families would be halted with an extended shutdown.

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