Will a possible government shutdown impact Kansas?

The sun rises over the Capitol in Washington, at dawn, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Congress, seemingly at an impasse over funding legislation, struggles this to avoid a government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The sun rises over the Capitol in Washington, at dawn, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Congress, seemingly at an impasse over funding legislation, struggles this to avoid a government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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WICHITA, Kansas — What does it mean, when we hear a government shutdown is on the way?

Many different things. It all depends.

“First of all, I just don’t know that this will really happen. Will someone blink? Probably,” says political expert at WSU, Jeff Jarman.

While the political fallout is up for full debate, the services shutting down are becoming clear.

Social security checks will still be delivered. The mail service continues. Military personnel like those at McConnell will still report for work. But, paychecks for military employees would be in the form of an IOU until the budget battle is settled.

National parks would be shut down and that would impact the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Chase County, Kansas.

Also, gun permits could slow because the ATF would feel the impact.

Vacation in a foreign land? Better have that passport. Passport approval could slow.

But will it happen? Some Kansas leaders say maybe.

“The Republicans have everything to lose because as services get shut down, as people see this as a political ploy, shutting down a bunch of services of the government all for something that they can’t really undo anyway? People will decide that calculus is not good for the country,” said Jarman.

Others in Kansas say our federal lawmakers on the Republican side of the aisle will stand firm.

“None of us want to see our federal government shut down,” says Kelly Arnold, Kansas Republican Party. “We want a smooth running government that’s going to be able to continue to provide our services and we want things to run as normal. We don’t want our daily lives to be interrupted. But the government is not going to be completely shut down. Our essential services are still continuing to go. Everybody is still going to receive their Social Security check.  Our men and women in uniform are still going to be out there protecting our country, so it’s really not a full shutdown of our federal government. “

Others speculate the political fallout may be too much, and the government will continue with no shutdown.

“There is a good reason to believe that the 1995 and ’96 shutdowns cost the GOP,” says Jarman. “And it’s why Republican senators are so opposed to this measure right now. They remember what happened and they know their party will take a hit. “

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