HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A test vote is scheduled on Wednesday in the U.S. Senate on trying to avoid a federal government shutdown a week from tomorrow.
Connecticut's two U.S. Senators said Monday that a shutdown would be very harmful to the state.
Everyone involved in state government says a federal government shutdown next Tuesday would be harmful to the state economy but it would apparently not stop the first big step for Obamacare here in Connecticut, which is the aim of Republicans in the U.S. House.
Governor Malloy is in Seattle for the Democratic Governor's Conference but his office says that before he left, he instructed his state budget director to prepare plans for a possible federal government shutdown a week from tomorrow.
The State's two U.S. Senators say the senate will likely pass a budget bill stripped of the provision that seeks to defund the President's signature achievement the Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare.
They say a shutdown will have a huge impact on Connecticut.
"We have a lot of defense jobs that would be hurt if we shut down our government and ultimately we've got to arrest control of this process from a handful of extremists in the House of Representatives," said Sen. Chris Murphy, (D) Connecticut.
"Huge consequences on jobs and economic growth as well as military readiness, vital services and I still hope it can be avoided," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, (D) Connecticut.
Ironically, the new state health insurance exchange funded by the Obamacare law already has its call-in center up and running and a federal government shutdown next Tuesday will apparently not stop it from beginning to process applications from Connecticut residents on that day.
"Like all states, we've been given payments in advance so we would not be impacted by a week or two shutdown," said Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT.
The Obama administration warning of dire consequences if there's a shut down, including; interruptions in Medicare coverage for senior citizens and interruptions in Medicaid coverage.
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