It’s looking increasing likely there will be a shutdown of the federal government at 11 p.m. central time tonight and Congressman Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville didn’t offer much reason to believe differently during a news conference Monday evening.
Congressman Whitfield says House Republicans have changed their offers to compromise on delays regarding the Affordable Care Act at least three times, while President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed have not wavered in their stance. The most recent offer by Republicans was a one year delay of the individual mandate to purchase health care.
Whitfield says he can’t see a compromise happening without some concession from Democrats on Obamacare.
He says a government shutdown is not what he wants, but believes it’s necessary to take a stand against implementation of the Affordable Care Act in its current format.
Fort Campbell officials have issued a statement regarding what will and won’t be impacted by a potential shutdown. Garrison Commander Colonel David “Buck” Dellinger says, “Essential services such as utilities, law enforcement and fire services, hospital emergency room services and Soldier training and operations in direct support of national security and preparation for deployment will not be affected.”
Congress reached an agreement last night to ensure military members are paid on a normal schedule. Civilian employees in non-excepted positions will be put on emergency, non-pay furloughs.
The commissary will be open for a full business day to reduce the amount of perishables on-hand before closing until appropriations are approved. The post exchange will remain open for normal business and Fort Campbell Schools will be on a normal schedule.
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will continue to offer all inpatient, acute care and emergency services including honoring previously scheduled medical appointments.