IRS Delays, Park Closures Loom Ahead Of Possible US Shutdown

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — As lawmakers on Capitol Hill rush to beat the clock on a looming government shutdown, taxpayers across the Southland and the nation are facing the very real prospect of widespread economic consequences.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports that should Congress and the White House fail to agree on a continuing budget resolution by 12:01 Saturday morning, a host of federal services would either end or be dramatically scaled back.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.), told reporters on Friday that the White House and Republicans have agreed on a spending cut of $38 billion but a that fight over federal dollars for Planned Parenthood is blocking a deal.

The House of Representatives passed a one-week government funding bill on Thursday, but the Senate is likely to kill the measure, while President Obama has also promised a veto if it reaches him.

A cautiously optimistic Reid said that in addition to agreeing on the spending cut, negotiators had worked out policy disputes, which involve environmental protection, implementing President Barack Obama’s health care law, and regulating the Internet.

Should no deal be reached, the Internal Revenue Service would continue to process electronic returns, but audits would come to a halt along with tax refunds.

Hundreds of people lined up early on Friday at the Federal Building in Westwood, where hopeful tourists like Annie Sigman were eager to get their passports before a potential shutdown complicated their travel plans.

Operations at national parks and recreation areas such as the Angeles National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains would be curtailed, sending guests home until Washington gets its money matters in order.

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  • rjsmitty

    Obama is a Turd!

  • Michelle

    I feel that the republicans are just looking for another reason to try and make the president look bad, they are not looking at the fact that President Bush made this mess and President Obama is the one left to clean it up , If it wasn’t President Obama, which ever President that was elected would have to try and clean up behinde bushes mess that he made. Why don’t some of these Republicans give up some of their 6 figures and their houses and Boats and fancy vacations, to help out . I they had to go and fight for their country and lose love ones behinde a war that was not even any of our business. then they would understand how some of the so called lower class people live. you are so busy trying to find away to work out the budget , give up some of you extra houses boats, big salaries , and fancy life styles. the you can some how help out with the budget.

    • rjsmitty

      Its obama who is destroying America ! Just look at what he has done and hasn’t done !!

  • Kat Villagran

    I agree….Obama has been left with a big mess and it sucks that people down look at him because of his color. Boooooo on all HATERS!

    • rjsmitty

      I just laugh at people who say that ” If you don’t like obama its because he is black” . Not because he has 0 accomplishments other than getting everyone to believe in his hustle for the White House.

    • RebelMom

      Keep in mind that he is just as much white as he is black – whiter actually. He was raised by white people, went to mostly white schools, and he is biologically half white. People aren’t mad because he is black, it’s because he isn’t doing what he said he would do.

  • Dottie

    When the House Republican Leader stands up and says he will do everything he can to undermind the President there is a problem with the house not the President. At least he cares about the people not his pockets. If they can’t come to a decision then they shouldn’t be able to collect pay either. Oh, I forgot, they voted themselves pay different from the rest of the country so they get paid and our soldiers don’t and they get retirement after 4 years not 20 like the rest of the country. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

    • rjsmitty

      I can see you have not done any research on what’s going on .

  • c-gas

    And they are talking about not paying the miliatary. How about cutting off benefits to the illegals. Put them to work. Go sit in a fighting hole in Afghanistan with an M-16

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