Effects of Government Shutdown Felt in Northeast Pennsylvania

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SCRANTON -- The federal government has shut down. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pointing blame at each other for the shutdown after no deal could be reached on a spending bill.

The effects of the government shutdown can be seen in our area.

A sign outside the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton says it is closed due to the shutdown. There's no word how many employees are affected.

Senators and congressmen from our area took to social media within the last day.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey tweeted a long statement saying Democrats in the Senate created the mess and are holding the entire country hostage.

Pennsylvania's senior senator, Democrat Bob Casey tweeted: "For over 100 days, Republicans didn't do a damn thing for kids…Now all of a sudden they pretend like they care? If they truly cared like they cared for big corporations then the CHIP extension would be permanent."

Republican Congressman Lou Barletta--Casey's likely Senate challenger in the fall--tweeted: "Senate Democrat charades must cease. #SchumerShutdown for amnesty is bogus."

Republican Congressman Tom Marino posted on Facebook that he's very disappointed the Democrats "would put politics and 800,000 illegal immigrants over 8.9 million kids who use CHIP for healthcare, our troops, and 330 million American citizens."

Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright urged fellow lawmakers to work together, saying, "Instead of shutting down the government, the Republican majority should work with Democrats and come up with a sensible long-term plan."


  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    The wall seems to be a sticking point, I thought Mexico was supposed to pay for that…. not John Q Taxpayer….

  • dilldoebagginsisanothergoofballheardafart

    the real question is so are any of these guys giving up their federal paycheck until this is over?

  • Kyriel West

    Whereas this will impact US, you can be sure that representatives and senators will still get THEIR paychecks..They caused the shutdown; they shouldn’t get paid either!
    If CON is the opposite of PRO, is CONGRESS the opposite of PROGRESS?

  • Glorious

    As a business the US government would be considered insolvent, bankrupt, no longer an on-going concern. Shut it down for a few weeks a quarter to reduce our debt and see how many people really miss it.

  • warningfakenews

    Want to really stop the politicians from having a shutdown? Bar the government from collecting ANY taxes while it takes place, even retroactively. Problem solved, pronto.

  • Lord Chesterfield

    I think parents with children in the military will be the one’s to feel the shut down. Many live off post and have bills. I am taking out a personal loan to help my son and his wife. Probably have a little left over to help any legit soldiers or family. Will be watching go fund me for legit needs.

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