ANDERSON, Ind. —
At Grissom Air Reserve Base 12 miles north of Kokomo, 600 full-time civilian employees and reservists were sent home on Tuesday. And the Indiana National Guard furloughed about 1,000 federal technicians.
Gov. Mike Pence’s office said Indiana has enough money on hand to continue many of the largest joint federal-state programs such as Medicaid and unemployment insurance.
In addition, Pence’s spokeswoman, Christy Denault, said the state will be able to continue funding welfare benefits and a program that helps pregnant women, mothers and their children through October.
In an interview from her Washington office on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-District 5, said no one wanted a government shutdown.
“I believe what is happening right now has been building for three years,” Brooks said, referring to 2010 when a Republican majority was elected to the House of Representatives. The goal of those Republicans has been to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
She said higher costs to individuals, and small and large businesses alike because of health care reform has been a key issue across the country and in Indiana’s 5th District.
Brooks criticized President Barack Obama and Senate Democratic leaders for refusing to negotiate with the House leaders and find common ground to cut short the budget crisis.
Brooks said she was encouraged by the administration’s call for a meeting of House and Senate leaders later on Wednesday, but added that it would fall short if the president’s only purpose was to convince House leaders to pass a continuing resolution that doesn’t address health care and other spending issues.
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