By BRADEN LAMMERS
U.S. Census Bureau workers in Jeffersonville were among the thousands of government employees that were locked out of their jobs today because Congress was unable to come to an agreement on a budget for fiscal year 2014.
The government shutdown, which began at midnight, will not affect all federal agencies. Some essential services will continue to be provided while Congress works out a new budget deal. Those functions include services that are essential to national security, essential to Constitutional obligations or funded outside the normal discretionary appropriations process will continue to be funded.
About 20 workers lined up along 10th Street in Jeffersonville today in protest of being locked out of work.
At the heart of the government shut down is the fight over the mandatory funding of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, for which enrollment also opened Tuesday.
The House of Representatives passed a measure on Sept. 20 to defund Obamacare, but did pass a discretionary budget that would have kept the government operational. When the budget went to the Senate, it removed the provision that defunded the affordable care act. The House of Representatives subsequently made an attempt to delay Obamacare for one year when the budget was handed back to the legislators. But again, when it was passed along to the Senate with the one-year delay on funding Obamacare the proposal was voted down. No deal was struck and non-essential government employees have gone on unpaid furlough.
The majority of the nearly 2,000 employees that work at the census bureau have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.
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