The federal government officially shut down at 11 central time last night and Congressman Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville says it was because of the President and Senate Democrats’ inability to make concessions on the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Whitfield says House Republicans 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. One of the latest offers by Republicans was a one year delay of the individual mandate to purchase health care.
Whitfield says President Obama made changes to his health care plan in recent weeks because of problems and glitches in the computer system, but changes proposed by Republicans never got traction.
He says a government shutdowns aren’t pleasant, but they also aren’t unprecedented in fairly recent American history.
Fort Campbell officials have issued a statement regarding what will and won’t be impacted by the 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.
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.