Local Impact of Possible Government Shut Down Explored

Congressman Randy Neugebauer says people on the South Plains could see little day to day impact if the government shuts down at midnight.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer says people on the South Plains could see little day to day impact if the government shuts down at midnight.

"I think what people are going to be surprised about is how little on a daily basis that they're going to be impacted," Congressman Neugebauer said.

Congressman Neugebauer said there will be few changes for people in daily life, though some processes could slow down.

"It will be somewhat up to the administration of determining what are essential employees, and what are not essential employees," Neugebauer said.

The Congressman said the Lubbock International Airport will stay open, though there could be less TSA agents there, which could mean longer wait times for travelers.

"What we do know is there could be a reduction in the number of TSA agents, but not a total elimination to that," Neugebauer said.

Another area that could slow down is processing for gun permits and passport applications. Congressman Neugebauer said for anyone who is a government employee, their jobs will be dependent on if they are classified as essential, and government employees who do continue to work through a shutdown will see their pay retroactively.

"What will have to be resolved at some point in time when the government is functioning again, there is precedent there for people to get their pay retroactively," Neugebauer said.

Neal Marchbanks is a Democrat who plans to challenge Congressman Neugebauer for his seat next year. He disagrees with the lack of an impact. "There will be some people who won't be able to make the rent, they won't be able to buy groceries, they're not getting paid," Marchbanks said.

He, like Congressman Neugebauer, said some things could slow down, like processing federal housing loans.

"There's no support staff to process loans, or to process anything," Marchbanks said. "There's only the necessary personnel there."

Congressman Neugebauer said for the most part, things will continue as normal in the 19th Congressional district. "There will be certain people who will be impacted, but you know what, tomorrow morning, the sun's going to come up, people are going to go to work in Lubbock, Texas."

Monday night, Neugebauer released a statement. Here's the full text:

WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) released the following statement after the House passed yet another compromise measure to fund the government. 

“The House of Representatives has now voted three times to keep the government operating.  But an agreement requires both the House and Senate to come together, and the Senate has shown no willingness to negotiate. 

“What is most frustrating is that the Senate has rejected our proposal to delay the individual health insurance mandate under Obamacare for one year.  The Administration has given delays, extensions, and carve-outs to all sorts of special interest groups and big businesses.  They are even giving health insurance subsidies to people without verifying whether they’re eligible for them.  So why are they unwilling to give American families the same reprieve from this broken law? 

“I’m disappointed that the Senate is pushing us towards a shutdown, but I’ll continue working to prevent Obamacare from harming my constituents, closing small businesses, and hurting our economy.”

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