Local residents react to possible government shutdown

Most were not too concerned about a possible government shutdown saying they have seen this before.

Most of the government agencies that would close in the event of a shutdown would not affect many in this area. The post office would remain open and social security checks would still be sent out, so many would not feel the effects in their day to day lives.

“I've kind of been through it before. They never really shut down they just say go home for a day or something like that. They always come up with a solution. This time if they don't it will be something new,” said one Wichita Falls resident.

“There is always still just a little bit of concern. What do we do? What can we do? That's the problem. What can we do? How do we help or prevent it from happening? Our voice matters but it's still not being heard,” said another resident.

But there are some who are concerned and will remember who allowed the shutdown to happen the next time they go to the polls.

Yes I am. My social security check needs to be good. And if they don't get this thing sorted out, I will remember them when I go vote next time. The incumbents probably won't have much of a chance,” said a Wichita Falls resident.

                The shutdown would affect the military installations in the area. In a statement George Woodward from Sheppard Air Force Base public affair said more than 900 civilian employees would be furloughed.

Keith Pannell, media relations chief at Ft. Sill, said if the shutdown happens, Ft. Sill will put out information about post facilities at that time.


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