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Durbin: Government shutdown would hurt region

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin warns of government shutdown woes

Durbin was joined by Mike Riley, Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois as he spoke about the potential federal shutdown, resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, and the NGA possibly relocating to a site adjacent to Scott Air Force
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Durbin was joined by Mike Riley, Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois as he spoke about the potential federal shutdown, resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, and the NGA possibly relocating to a site adjacent to Scott Air Force

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday that House and Senate leaders will be working through next week to come up with a finding bill to avert the shutdown of non-essential government functions.

Durbin, speaking at a news conference at Scott Air Force Base, warned of a severe economic impact for Southwestern Illinois if that effort fails. During the 2013 shutdown, 3,400 civilian workers at Scott were sent home, while 5,000 active-duty troops were required to work and wait for eventual reimbursement, Durbin said.

“I hope cooler heads will prevail in the coming days and Congress gets busy taking care of the work we were sent there to do — fund the government and develop a budget that enables our country to thrive,” he said.

Durbin said some Republicans in Congress want to shut down the federal government unless they can pass a law to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood.

The government is set to shut down on Oct. 1 unless Congress can pass a continuing resolution to fund it.

Mike Fitzgerald: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000

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