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What would a fed shutdown mean for Guam?

by Nick Delgado

Guam - While local officials begin the budget process here at home, there's a major battle currently underway in the nation's capitol threatening a shutdown of the federal government. Meetings in Washington, DC aren't providing any comfort to federal employees.

A fourth meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement for the U.S. Government's current fiscal year budget. Guam delegate   congressional Madeleine Bordallo. "I'm very upset over this and it's a very insensitive act for our federal employees, certainly I will fight if it should shut down that there be retroactive pay given to them," she said.

Among the 800,000 federal employees holding their seats to find out if they will still have a job come Monday include the U.S. Immigrations Office and the District Court of Guam. While Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood announced they only have enough funds to keep them a float until April 22 if the budget is not passed, American Federation of Government Employees' Manuel Cruz says 3,800 federal employees on Guam will be affected.

He says this will impact social security checks as well as hamper tax filing. Cruz says also impacted are military installations, noting, "A lot of things will be impacted and even right now they were saying the DoDEA school is safe, but I don't think so because they are also funded by the same appropriations bill."

Guam National Guard's Lt. Colonel John Guerrero says they get some $40 million every year from the feds. He admits 1,700 employees total working under them will either be let go or will not get paid, saying, "Payment of contracts that we have in place and pay to our soldiers and because the Guam National Guard is both composed of Army and air, it's paid to both airmen and soldiers as well as GovGuam employees with Guam National Guard and contract employees."

Congress has until 2pm Saturday (Guam time) to pass the budget or implement another extension or the federal government will have to shut down.

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