Shutdown Day 2: Many in KC Don’t Feel It
October 2, 2013

Unless you work for the federal goverent or are deeply involved with Washington at some level, the shutdown showdown does’t make much of an impact on Kansas Citians.
That’s despite Uncle Sam being the largest employer in the metropolitan region. There are more than 140,000 federal workers in the area. Kansas City is one of ten federal regional centers with more than 140 agencies located in the region.
"It hasn’t impacted me at all really, other than hearing about it. I read the papers and stuff, but other than that, it’s the only time I hear about it," said Ashley Logan, a local teacher.
In Kansas City, the hardest hit federal agency may be the regional headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA).
The local EPA office has more than 500 workers. About four out of five EPA players throughout the national have been furloughed.
The city’s Veteran Medical Center say it is open and providing most all of its services.
There was some concern about federally backed home loans being in jeopardy.
Two major area mortgage brokers say they have not seen any closures delayed by the shutdown.
Joyce Clack says she is aware of the shutdown because she has a friend with disabilities.
She concedes, however, unless someone works for the federal government, has a family member who does or is someone unable to get a service they need immediately, she hasn’t noticed it.
"But as far as people go who are not part of that. I don’t think they think about it. I think they just do their thing and we just have to kinds of ride it. Ride it out"
Wednesday many Kansas Citians felt that way.
Jeremy Dobbins, who works near the Plaza, was an exception. He believes there is an impact.
"I think it does, to be honest with you. The job I work at now is a very good job.

The bosses take good care of me. But, I did get some hours cut. So now, with this government shutdown, I might get (cut) even more".

Nixon on Shutdown: Settle it Quickly
October 1, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri may weather a short federal government shutdown, but a. Lengthy shutdown will be bad news for the state, according to Nixon.
Tuesday afternoon, Nixon issued a statement on the situation.

“We have been following developments in Washington closely, and will continue to work to assess and minimize the impact on state agencies and the services they provide,” Gov. Nixon said. “Here in Missouri, we reach across the aisle to balance budgets, control spending and protect our AAA credit rating. However, a prolonged shutdown will put jobs at risk and undermine confidence in our economy, so I urge folks in Washington to put an end to the gridlock and start working together to move our country forward.”

Senate GOP Looks for One Week Extension, Averting Shutdown
September 30, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republican Conference are gauging whether there is enough support to pass a one-week stop-gap measure to prevent the government from shutting down at midnight, according to a notice sent to Senate offices, which was obtained by POLITICO. If there is enough support, the measure could allow more time for the House and Senate to work out their differences on a longer-term continuing resolution. It is one of several options the Republican leadership is pursuing, sources say