Deputy Communications Director for Senator Ben Nelson, Jim Fagin (FAY-gun) is watching closely to what is going on regarding the budget and a possible government shutdown later today if a compromise isn’t reached. He says he isn’t the only one who will be impacted by this.
JimFagin1 :06 q… just be delayed.
(I will be furloughed. We do a lot of case work for people who have problems with the federal government. Their cases won’t go away. They will just be delayed.)
Fagin says there are a number of businesses in the state that rely on the federal government for portions of their operations.
JimFagin2 :18 q… about layoffs.
(I talked with a defense contractor and we have several big ones. I talked with one in the northeast part of the state who has 115 people that he needs to put to work and they need access to government buildings and they will not have access to them. He continues to pay them even though they can not do their jobs and he is worried about layoffs.)
Fagin says everyone on Capitol Hill and those with relationships with the federal government are frustrated.
JimFagin3 :20 q… need a budget.
(Each side plays little games… the poison pills, and you know about those. They start talking about policy things rather than just a continuing resolution so they can negotiate for another week. They know what a poison pill is. They know how to turn off that legislation. The fact is we don’t need another continuing resolution. We need a budget.)
The 27th Amendment to the Constitution bars Congressional members from being denied pay in case the government shuts down but others who rely on the source will have to go without. Fagin says Senator Nelson will return his pay to the treasury if there is a shutdown.
JimFagin4 :07 q… unused office budgets.
(He will write a check to the IRS just like the late great Senators Exon and Zorinski used to do every year when they turned back their unused office budgets.)