LOS ANGELES (CBS) — As lawmakers on Capitol Hill scramble to avert a shutdown of the federal government, the mayor of Los Angeles warned on Thursday that the local financial fallout could be substantial.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa blames House Republicans for the looming crisis.

“I can tell you that HR 1 alone —which is the House leadership proposal — would have a $560 million impact on the city of Los Angeles,” said Villaraigosa.

The mayor did not provide details on how the budget moving through the House would specifically impact the city, saying only that it may not have “an immediate impact” but would ultimately hit the pocketbooks of all Angelenos.

Villaraigosa also blasted Congress for failing to reach a deal on the federal budget.

California Republican Congressman Tom McCintock, a member of the House Budget Committee, tells KNX 1070 that while a shutdown would be “a parade of horrors”, it may be the next best solution to heading off an even bigger crisis down the road.

“Within just a few years, our nation will face a sovereign debt crisis and the potential financial collapse of the United States government — that’s a permanent shutdown,” said McClintock.

House Republicans pushed a plan Thursday that would hold off for another week the threat of a government shutdown while Congress and the Obama administration struggle to reach a budget deal.

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Comments (29)
  1. rjsmitty says:

    Villaraigosa Needs to focus on Los Angeles and the problems there . He can not relay on the federal government for moneys when he cant even enforce the laws on the books to protect the citizens of L.A. . How about stoping all the benefits to illegal aliens charge the country of origin for the illegal criminals we have incarcerated . Then you can start cleaning all the corrupt Politian’s that infect the counties public offices . Then you might see its not that hard to control the budget….

    1. k.bledsoe says:

      Well said. Just think if we then charged taxes on this money in the same way the middle class has to pay taxes on earnings; I believe we would then have better border control. I also believe that if a person is receiving public assistance in any form and are able to be gainfully employed they should have to work in order to continue receiving those benefits. Public assistance is supposed to be a hand up not a hand out. Public assistance has become a way of life for some people who had rather sit on their butt’s and do nothing.I also think when I our government fails to do the jobs they were elected to do, they should loose their salary. I would love to be able to vote myself a pay raise every year. Only in America right….

  2. Duh! says:

    “Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa blames House Republicans for the looming crisis.”

    Really??? He should look into how the Democrats spend more money than they take in. This is what caused the crisis. How long does he expect to be able to spend more money than is being brought in before everything collapses? This is what happened to Bernie Madoff.

  3. ILLEGALS says:

    Up for debate, $800 Billions in cuts to Medi-Cal. Welfare Reform.

    1. Luis says:

      But first, the “war on terror”. A war waged by a Republican administration that has cost an almost immeasurable amount of money and human lives–on both sides. Let’s debate that first, please.

      1. jeff says:

        Immeasurable amount of money and human lives? They have a tally on every freaking news website. And it’s not that large. The death tolls for Iraq and Afghanistand combined are the lowest death totals the US has ever had in a ground war. And while the amount of money spent on the two wars is large, it is not the total reason we have a 5 trillion dollar government deficit. Please don’t push your propaganda.

  4. Thomas Bleming says:

    Ah, they’re not shut nothing down. All of them on Capitol Hill are on the take, to the corporations and they take their marching orders from the bankers ( who they bailed out) and so all these shut down threats is just hot air.

  5. JACK & OFF says:

    Obama’s way of creating jobs is spending our way into Bankruptcy!!

  6. Doyer says:

    Villaragoisa is just trying to save his salary! He earns $8,000 a week! For what? What does he do to earn that salary? Anyone can appear on tv and give a BS speach on something they don’t even know what is going on! Before taking office he promised to help out our schools. So far he has done nothing! We have overpaid city employees who do nothing for our city, but steal our money! What a shame to blame immigrants on our city’s budget when the real theft is going on at City Hall!!!!

    1. Karen says:

      You made me laugh Doyer. You are right about how our mayor works.

      I, on the other hand, do know what I’m talking about. A couple oof weeks ago, people were asking me to run for mayor. I’d be happy with $4,000 a week so I think I will.

      I’ll be like that guy in SC who had zero money but won the party nomination for US senator.


    it’s a difficult budget so they’re trying to push everything to the last minute so people have absolutely NO chance to prepare for. it’s a political ploy on both parts of the party for election day politics.

    On the budget, they want to reduce Taxes paid by the Wealthy & Big Corporations from 35% to 25%.

  8. Scott says:

    Antonio “Show Me The Camera” Villaraigosa is in front of the cameras again,trying to deflect the problems in his city. LA has a problem with unions.
    How many of the DWP employees video taped drinking on the job got fired? Lets not even talk about the pension benefits.
    How much does it cost for all the city owned vehicles driven by the city councel members?

  9. Joe says:

    Ok, first off… not a fan of Villaraigosa.

    And the reason for this mess was the Republican agenda during the Bush years. Get the facts! It’s not the Democrats that cause this. Remember during Clinton? We were actually in the Green, Republican spending and Tax cuts are why we are struggling now.

    Get your facts straight, it’s not the illegal’s that are taking up all the money. They don’t collect tax refunds, yes they pay taxes, that is another surplus of money for the government.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think that services should only go to Legal Citizens of this Country. Repeal the 14th Amendment.

    1. Big O says:

      Joe you need to get your facts in order… Clinton only re-eningeered our debt by shifting long-term debt (higher interest rates) into short-term government rates. He did nohing in terms of budget cuts or program elimation. I agree that the fight on terror is expensive but it sure makes me comfortable at night…

      1. What the f...k says:

        Hey BIG O go back to selling tires!!!!!!stay out of politics…..

    2. Karen says:


      You need to get your facts stratight.


      They work under the table, so, no income tax.

      If you are talking about sales tax, with the limited amount of money they have, they don’t significantly contribute to sales taxes either.

      I do agree with you that we need to interpret the 14th Amendment correctly.

  10. socalmal says:

    Get your facts straight…. Ha. Remember the gov shut down with Clinton in 90s? A democrat.

    Care for elderly and truly disabled but cut out all those losers on SS who can but won’t work. Aid to families WITH children, not lazy adults with entitlement problems. Absolutely NO aid to illegals. Ship them out. Come here legally or don’t come at all. Gov is too big, shut it down and trim it down – good. LA Mayor Villaidioto needs to shut up and resign. Save the city some money since he does nothing anyway.

  11. TAX PAYER says:

    Tony Viagra needs to clean house here instead of blaming others.

  12. bdj says:

    Balancing the budget is easy. You need to know how much money you take in, and you do not spend more then you take in. The problem is we have idiots in both the state and federal government that have their our agendas, and they will not give it up for the greated good of the state and country.

  13. Dirty Mexican says:

    is it true Southern Cal community colleges skipping 1 semester because of $$$ problems?


  14. Big H says:

    Maybe he san start selling is FREE basketball court side tickets that he gets for FREE! One season of that and the City should be out of debt

  15. Brian says:

    Stop wasteful spending get rid of all the admirals generals and defense contractors then we will have money

  16. LOU says:

    Cut the $179k plus cola and perks from the LA city council in half!Let lifetime politicans like Hagn and antonovich draw a normal salary for a change.

  17. Terry Mccabe says:

    Mayor Villaraigosa and indeed President Obama as well as Gov. Brown very often remind me of the Looney Tunes character Elmer Fudd. Everything would be just fine if it were not for those “PESKY, WASCALLY, SCWEWY, WITTLE, WEPUBLICANS.”

    It is time that politicians like Mayor Villagigosa who has forced all tax payers in California to subsidize Los Angeles in supporting its sanctuary city policies and a myrid of other unsustainable social programs to wake up. With our federal government borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar it spends and our national debt at over $14.2 trillion with a $14.295 trillion our nation is broke. As the saying goes the problem with socialism is that politicians eventually run out of other peoples money to spend. Our Country and indeed California as well as Los Angeles has run out of other peoples money.

    It is time Los Angeles gets its illegal alien problem under control as well as its decades of reckless and irresponsible spend under control as well.

  18. Fernando says:

    End the wars and make the cuts. Villaraigosa isn’t in charge of the wars but he is in charge of the City spending within its means. Pot calling the kettle black

  19. chris filiano says:

    I think it’s time for Congress to stop bickering and pass the budget quickly!

  20. Dottie says:

    As far as Washington ins concerned, if they don’t stop fighting like 10 year olds and stop giving everything to the huge corporations then they shouldn’t be able to collect a pay check. Nothing retroactive, you lose it, you lose it.

  21. Al-Qaeda says:

    L.A. should declare bankruptcy.

  22. upyours says:

    Why doesn’t the mush mouthed idiot be@ner just move money from the slush fund that paid for him being a dumba$$?

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