YAKIMA, Wa. -- President Obama Tuesday said 'the entire economy is being held hostage over ideological demands.' The shutdown may not be good for the economy, but will it really affect daily life in the Yakima Valley?
While the government takes an indefinite leave everyone will still get their mail, buses will make trips to school and the airport will run as planned. When you look at it, not much will change in the City of Yakima. The Mayor says if Congress doesn't act soon then the city could stop getting money from grants.
"That could be an issue down the road but we'll have to keep an eye on those situations and proceed accordingly," Mayor Micah Cawley said. "So we're able to hold our own for a while but they need to get their stuff together."
While National Parks and monuments are closed, parks in Yakima are funded locally and remain open as normal. The closest National Park is Mount Rainier so if you were planning a fall camping trip, you may have to move it to the backyard. As for congress, well the Mayor put it perfectly.
"Figure out a way to work together so the American way of life doesn't suffer too much," Cawley said.
No government means no federal loans, gun permits or passports.