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U.S. Government on verge of shutdown

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) The federal government is just hours away from its first shutdown in nearly two decades and it doesn't appear we're any closer to a funding bill that would prevent it.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) The federal government is just hours away from its first shutdown in nearly two decades and it doesn't appear we're any closer to a funding bill that would prevent it.

It's a fight that neither side appears is going to win, instead the finger pointing over who should bear the blame for a government shutdown is already in full swing and hanging in the balance are thousands of federal workers including many right here in Utah.

House Republicans took a hard line and vowed Sunday to delay by a year key parts of the new health care law and repeal a tax on medical devices in exchange for avoiding a shutdown.

Utah Senator Mike Lee appeared on Fox News Sunday applauding the House's move.

Sen. Lee said, “Look, Republicans are doing everything that we can to protect America from a shutdown and protect America from the harmful effects of Obamacare."

The Senate is slated to convene Monday afternoon, just hours before the shutdown deadline, but the majority democrats have promised to kill the House's latest move. Meanwhile, President Obama warning congress, and Americans, of the real implications of a government shutdown.

President Obama said, "Military personnel will not get paid on time; federal loans for rural communities will not be paid; families buying a home will be frozen."

In Layton, Utah the impact will be felt immediately.

"They're probably going to be furloughed one day a week.”

Michaela Trask is talking about her sister and brother in law who both work at Hill Air Force Base.

Trask explained to ABC 4 Utah, 'They just adopted a foster child, a 13-year-old girl, so with both of them losing 20% of their income it's going to make a lot tougher than when they originally planned on adopting her."

The ripple effects will be felt beyond Hill Air Force Base. The manager at a nearby Maverick station said when furlough's kick in it results in less business and fewer customers means furloughs of their own.

Sabrena Adams said, "That means we eventually have to cut hours for people who work here because we employ more people in order to keep up with the rush and without the rush I can't give people hours."

And they're not the only ones. If Monday's midnight deadline is blown off about 800,000 government workers will be forced off the job without pay.

"We're trying to get the country back on track and we're back tracking with stuff like this,” said Trask. “We're never going to get anywhere forward if we keep going backwards."
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