Gov. Shutdown to Affect Veterans, Housing Industry


By Ashley Thompson

Governor Robert Bentley says despite the looming government shutdown, he supports the GOP's efforts to stop Obamacare.

"I believe the house members, the Republican members are taking a stand and I agree with that stand," he says. "I would like to see the delay of the implication of the Affordable Care Act."

Though others aren't as supportive of a government shutdown. The Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System serves more than 134 thousand veterans. If Congress doesn't agree on a budget, those veterans could face major consequences. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says benefits and pension payments could possibly come to a halt. It's something veteran Bob Taffet says is unacceptable.

"You're taking people whose incomes are probably a lot lower than the average person or at the average and now you're putting a strain on what you're going to be able to spend a month to include their basic services such as food, rent, stuff like that."

But it's not just veterans who will suffer. Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham says the shutdown will slow down the process to purchase a firearm.

"That's because they've got to go through and have the federal background checks done," he says.

And federal background checks could now end up taking longer and so could the process of obtaining a home loan. Realtor Taylor Jernigan says a government shutdown will delay the process and explains other consequences.

"Some of these mortgages and the mortgage rates that you were quoted may expire during that time and so you'd have to get quotes and start some of the process over again," Jernigan explains.

He says the shutdown could also indirectly affect the real estate industry.

"I have a client now who is a federal worker and if they get furloughed or have to take some forced time off, it could affect the purchase so we are concerned."

Although hundreds of thousands of federal employees and veterans could lose some of their pay, members of congress will still be getting paid even if the government shuts down. Members of Congress currently make 174 thousand a year.


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