Gov. Beshear Discusses Federal Government Shutdown on KY

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 10/16/13 2:05 PM CDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear is pressing Kentucky's federal delegation to resolve the government shutdown, saying it's having negative effects on Kentucky families.

The U.S. government halted most non-essential government services 16 days ago, forcing unplanned furloughs for thousands of federal workers across the country and leading to the temporary closure of Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Gap national parks in Kentucky.

Beshear said Wednesday that it also has delayed the opening of a nursing home for people with behavioral disabilities.

Beshear told reporters that impacts will be even more widespread beginning Nov. 1, when funds for welfare programs and other government services dry up, if the impasse isn't resolved.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky helped finalize a compromise on Wednesday that was awaiting votes in the House and Senate.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday to discuss the impact of the federal government shutdown on Kentucky families.

The U.S. government halted most non-essential government services 16 days ago, forcing unplanned furloughs for thousands of federal workers across the country and leading to the temporary closure of Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Gap national parks in Kentucky.

Beshear is expected to tell reporters that more serious problems could begin Oct. 31, when funds for lots of government services will dry up, if Congress doesn't resolve the spending impasse.

The press conference will be at the state Capitol at 2 p.m. EDT.

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