STATE – With a potential federal government shutdown just hours away, the New Jersey Republican Party sent out an email message encouraging its “friends” to make donations to fund voter turnout operations before the end of the fiscal quarter.
House Republicans refuse to pass a continuing funding resolution that would allow the government to continue normal operations unless implementation of the Affordable Care Act is delayed another year.
Senate Democrats are expected to vote this afternoon to remove two Republican amendments to the funding measure that affect the Affordable Care Act. The House would then have to pass it to prevent the government shutdown, but Republicans appear unwilling.
The House unanimously approved a separate measure to ensure that U.S. soldiers will continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown, however, the Senate would also have to pass it for it to take effect.
In the event of a shutdown, an estimated 800,000 “non-essential” federal workers would be furloughed. Social Security and Unemployment Insurance benefits would continue to be paid, and mail would continue to be delivered because the U.S. Post Office is an independent business unit.
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