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Americans’ Anxiety Grows Over Looming Government Shutdown Threat

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As the possibility of a federal government shutdown looms, Americans across the nation are expressing increasing concern, especially considering the potential consequences. A recent poll conducted for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a nonpartisan organization addressing fiscal challenges, shows that 70% of voters are worried about a government shutdown. The primary cause for this concern is the belief that Congress may fail to reach an agreement on a new budget before the fiscal year ends on September 30.

The adverse effects of a government shutdown could be far-reaching, as it would entail the closure of all federal agencies deemed non-essential. While services like mail delivery and Social Security payments would continue, most federal employees would face furloughs, national parks might turn away visitors, air travel could experience delays, and programs such as food assistance benefits might be delayed.

The poll findings also indicate that nearly 80% of respondents believe a government shutdown should be avoided due to its detrimental impact on the economy. Additionally, 70% feel that a shutdown would divert attention from more significant fiscal challenges facing the country.

Interestingly, there is growing bipartisan support for the establishment of a bipartisan commission aimed at proposing comprehensive reforms to reduce the national debt. According to the poll, 91% of Democrats and 89% of Republicans believe lawmakers from both sides should work together to avoid a government shutdown and focus on debt-related solutions.
Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation, emphasized that a government shutdown would ultimately harm the economy and the American people, asserting that “nobody wins in a government shutdown.” Advocacy groups and concerned citizens are urging Congress to prioritize passing a budget that benefits working families and the economy to avoid repeating the past consequences of government shutdowns.

The situation in Washington adds to the anxiety as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy faces the challenging task of garnering support from conservative lawmakers to pass a short-term funding measure. Members of the Freedom Caucus, a group of House conservatives, have issued a list of demands for the funding bill, including initiatives to halt political “witch hunts” by the Justice Department and FBI, as well as opposition to unrestricted funding for Ukraine. However, McCarthy’s slim five-seat majority in the House leaves little room for maneuvering, and the prospects of a government shutdown remain uncertain.

The looming budget discussions are also causing concern in specific industries, such as fishing in Alaska. A government shutdown could potentially delay the approval of federal fishing quotas, which are critical for the upcoming year’s operations. Fisheries are apprehensive about a repeat of the situation during the 35-day government shutdown in 2018-2019, which led to delays in processing essential paperwork and licenses.

The White House strongly criticized the far-right faction within the Republican party, labeling them as “extreme” and part of the party’s radical fringe after a prominent member of this faction, Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, announced her intention to vote against government funding for this month unless there is an impeachment inquiry launched against Joe Biden.

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said via a statement on Thursday night, “The last thing the American people deserve is for extreme House members to trigger a government shutdown that hurts our economy, undermines our disaster preparedness, and forces our troops to work without guaranteed pay.”

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