Tue October 1, 2013
Representatives walk party line on shutdown
The federal government shutdown has sparked a great deal of finger pointing, much of which follows party lines. Members of the Western New York's Congressional delegation are following suit.
Congressman Chris Collins said President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid don't want to compromise and delay the president's health insurance program.
Collins said the shutdown has no serious impact on his district yet.
"It would do very little. There would be some impact up at the Air Base. But, military is going to continue to work. There could be a delay of a week or so in their paychecks. They're going to continue to work, "Collins told WBFO News.
"The air traffic controllers and everything to do with flying will be unaffected. TSA agents, Border Patrol crossing the Peace Bridge totally unaffected."
Collins said Social Security checks will continue to go out and Medicare bills will be paid.
Congressman Brian Higgins said law enforcement will probably continue, especially along the border.
"The federal government will have to deem what is unessential and what is not. And, you know, border patrol is very, very important relative to thwarting any kind of bad activity, terrorist activity that might be contemplated," Higgins said.
"So, there's lots of consequences running, you know, through this potential shutdown of the government."
Southern Tier Republican Congressman Tom Reed could not be reached for comment. Reed has been very vocal in opposition to the Affordable Care Act.