A federal government shutdown won’t hurt most Nebraskans, unless it doesn’t end soon.
Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, says the initial reaction by many to the federal government shutdown is likely, “What’s the big deal?”
But, that might not last.
“Over time, it just gets more and more complicated and more and more difficult and people feel the effects of that,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview on the government shutdown and the strategy of tying defunding of the federal healthcare law to funding the federal government.
Most civilian employees at the United States Strategic Command near Omaha have been furloughed. The Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice has been closed.
Johanns says Nebraskans will begin feeling the pinch if the federal government shutdown lasts for a while and they find it difficult to get services often taken for granted.
Johanns remains hopeful it won’t last long; that Congress is working toward a resolution.
“I just get a sense that the mood is changing a bit and people are trying to look for solutions,” Johanns says.
Johanns believes Congress will reach an agreement to pass a resolution to fund the government. When that might occur remains uncertain.
AUDIO: Brent Martin report [:40]
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Sen. Mike Johanns on the government shutdown and the strategy to fight the federal healthcare law. [10:15]