Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan told the Senate Tuesday that the government was having a negative impact on North Carolina.
"It's a shame that some in Congress are playing political games with the most basic function of keeping the government running,'' Hagan said in a speech."I didn’t get elected to shut down the government, and with each minute that goes by, more and more North Carolinians are feeling the impact of this irresponsible shutdown.''
She said the Winston-Salem regional VA office is closed and the claims processors were furloughed threatening progress in eliminating the claims back log.
Hagan said many of the national parks are closed, which support 12,000 jobs.
The National Institute of Heath supports roughly 20,000 jobs in North Carolina, but NIH will not take any actions on gang applications or awards or admit new patients to clinical trials while the government is shut down.
She said school district could face cash flow problems with loss of money from federal programs, and universities will be put in a difficult position without federal research grants.
"'There is no reason we can’t end this shutdown, and fortunately, there is a simple solution,'' Hagan said. "The Senate has passed a responsible bill that keeps the government running at currently reduced spending levels. The House of Representatives could pass that bill today and this shutdown could end within a matter of hours. Then we could have the time and space to come together on a long-term, balanced and bipartisan plan put our fiscal house in order. Instead, the other side of the Capitol insists on sending us bills that they know have zero chance of becoming law – just to stage a political stunt.''