Tri-State Area Federal Workers To Face Furloughs During Shutdown

Residents Looking At Delays With Passports, Visas & Tax Returns

NEW YORK (CBS NewYork) — If the federal government does shut down, will you still be able to catch a plane, get your tax refund and collect your social security check?

CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer has answers to those and a lot of other questions.

A government shutdown would sock it to the Tri-State Area in dozens of ways, including lost jobs and lost tourist revenue. On Friday, Kramer spoke with a man who is an unlikely victim of the government brinkmanship going on in Washington.

CBS News coverage: Government Showdown, Can They Make A Deal?

Ned King makes his living from the kindness of strangers. He plays the steel drum for tourists waiting to board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For him, if the government shuts down the music — and his livelihood — will die.

“I would become a pauper. I would not be able to survive. I wouldn’t be able to collect any dollars,” King said.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports on the effects of a federal government shutdown

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are among hundreds of national parks and historic sites that would be closed as part of the government shutdown.

“We want to do it today because we know that by tomorrow it may be closed,” California tourist Jane Metz said upon her visit to Lady Liberty.

Other effects of the shutdown will include:

* Delays in getting passports and visas

* Tax refunds will be delayed, but you still have to file your returns on time

* Medicare and Social Security checks will go out, but new applications will not be processed

* Unemployment benefits would be paid, but there may only be enough money to issue checks for one month without interruption.

The good news is that airports will function normally and so will mail service. The bad news is the some 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed — many right here in our area.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney spoke to NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg about the tense negotiations

“I don’t know. I may have to apply for unemployment next week or whatever,” Upper East Side federal worker Michael Stack said. “I’m very concerned about it because you don’t know how long you’ll be out — whether a day or two, maybe a week, two weeks.”

“It will mean some difficult times so we’re hoping there isn’t a shut down,” Staten Island federal worker Jose Velez added.

Mike Irvin works for a firm that has a federal consulting contract. He’ll be out of work, too.

“(I’m) a little depressed. I just did a little more than a year unemployed, so, yeah, I feel bad about it,” Irvin said.

A quirk in the law will allow senators and congressmen to still collect their paychecks if government shuts down, but some, like New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, said that’s crazy. If regular federal workers aren’t getting paid neither should they.

If the federal government shuts down, who would you blame? Leave a comment below…

  • JJ

    Fire them all, Congresswo/men and Senators. All talks with no real productivity for the country and people. No wonder so many wants to get a job there. It is f@#$ing paradise there.

  • john

    This would never happen if their paychecks were tied to their decisions. They should all be fired and replaced with “We the people” those of us that understand what we all go through. This should be done every few years, as was originally intended. Senator and Congress positions were never intended to be a career

    • sdghew

      It will mean some difficult times so we’re hoping there isn’t a shut down,” Staten Island federal worker Jose Velez added. My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at Ag’e’M’ingle. C’○’M’ a nice and free place for younger women and older men, or older women and younger men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

  • nypj

    maybe now we can fire them all and get a government that is FOR the people, of the people and by the people… instead of over regulating and overtaxing everything

  • Jen

    Learn to play nice children.

  • ck

    What is there to compromise when the Senate has not passed its budget bill???
    When the Senate Democrats can pass its budget bill then America will know where both parties stand and what needs to be compromised.
    Budget resolution
    The next step is the drafting of a budget resolution. The United States House Committee on the Budget and the United States Senate Committee on the Budget are responsible for drafting budget resolutions. Following the traditional calendar, by early April both committees finalize their drafts and submit it to their respective floors for consideration and adoption.

    A budget resolution, which is one form of a concurrent resolution, binds Congress, but is not a law, and so does not require the President’s signature. The budget resolution serves as a blueprint for the actual appropriation process, and provides Congress with some control over the appropriations process. No new spending authority, however, is provided until appropriation bills are enacted.

    Once both houses pass the resolution, selected Representatives and Senators negotiate a conference report to reconcile differences between the House and the Senate versions. The conference report, in order to become binding, must be approved by both the House and Senate.

  • Frankie

    Left Hand: It’s your fault.
    Right hand: No, it’s your fault.
    Left Hand: It’s your fault.
    Third Hand: You’re an idiot.

  • Mike Darookie

    I like that black arm with yellow palms they got in there holding the papers.

  • Jason

    Um, how about because the Republican minority (at the time) was slapping a filibuster on EVERYTHING that crossed the senate floor…disgraceful. You know, before that congressional minority, the filibuster was used with some discretion. Now, the sticking point is certain health care programs (i.e. Conservatives using their completely hypocritical campaign to cut spending, as an excuse to push their ideological agenda, ultimately forcing subsidized health care services/clinics to close up shop). Meanwhile, let’s pile on the oil subsidies and top-heavy tax cuts.

    Do I think most of the blame lies with the Republicans? Absolutely…though I really wish dems had a backbone. If that was the case, They would have done a whole lot better when they were in the majority.

    • Jason

      First part is responding to the “why didn’t they pass a budget in Oct” question. Sorry for the lack of framing.

  • Don

    Grow up people. Just get the job done and stop all the finger pointing. You sound like a bunch of babies!

  • Robert Senn

    harry reid and the rest of the democrats shuold of worried about this months ago dems are srewing america on there att to america we should inpeach all democrats bring back the sions of liberty

  • p8nt

    Yes blame the republicans, yes blame the democrats.. PLEASE YOU GUYS SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF WHINNY 1ST Graders, just like those you’ve appointed for public office, who earn 200K for being a public servant. Both sides are to blame because they are trying to cater for 2 things. 1) re-election and 2) their special interest groups. You really think they care about everyone else??

  • bob bundy

    i think this is great!!

  • moe

    Well, the Dems better get their act together and approve the temporary spending bills, instead of dillydallying around, hoping to make the Republicans the fall guys. This is all on the Democrats shoulders, no matter how the media and the DNC tries to spin it.

    • drqns

      Absolutely not! The Republicans need to take responsibility for a budget. We need to not keep having temporary spending measures.

      • Tom

        When exactly would this shutdown begin if it were to happen?

      • kc

        Well, let’s see, the Dems had control of both houses in Oct, right? Why didn’t they pass a budget like they were supposed to then? So, how can this be Republicans fault?

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