MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)-- The partial government shutdown that is sweeping the nation is the first time in 17 years that the nation has faced this situation.
The fallout is the backlash that the nation faces, when Congress fails to reach an agreement on a spending bill with the President. Congress must pass laws to spend money, and if the president vetoes the laws, Congress does not have the authority to spend money.
Earlier Tuesday, President Obama said the shutdown is about 'more' than just money.
He once again blamed the stalemate on a small number of conservatives in the house who are unwilling to support his health care reform law.
"This shutdown is not about deficits, it's not about budgets. This shutdown is about rolling back our efforts to provide health insurance to folks who don't have it. It's all about rolling back the Affordable Care Act. This, more than anything else seems to be what the Republican party stands for these days," said Obama.
The partial shutdown has closed national parks and government offices and it is also affecting those who serve.
Hopefully this is short lived and hopefully they can come back to work very shortly.
It's not an easy day to be a citizen solider.
"To let them know, we really don't know how long this is going to go, is not an answer they want to hear," said John Whitford.
John Whitford is a colonel in the Connecticut National guard. He says all you have to do to see the consequences of a shutdown federal government is take a look at the parking lot at his offices in Hartford.
"Normally on a work day it is full, filled with vehicles and again they're being notified, and as you can there are many empty spots," said Whitford.
In all, some 540 members of the Connecticut National Guard have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, but they say officials with the group is only the tip of the iceberg of the problem.
They say there's also a real ripple effect.
"The impact on US is operations will be very much slowed to almost nothing," said Whitford.
A day of problems members of the National Guard hope goes away soon so they can all get back to work.
"The longer this goes on the more the impact you'll see. If it goes on 10-15 days or longer, talk to me about moral and see how that is," said Whitford.
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