WASHINGTON (WAVY) - Republicans say they will raise the debt ceiling for six weeks so the government can pay its bills, but they emphasize this is a short-term solution. Their long-term demands still haven't changed. As it's been since the beginning, Americans and our military, remain caught in the middle.
One week from a potential debt default, Senator Mark Warner said the damage that's already done is immeasurable. WAVY.com talked to Warner Thursday about the latest on the shutdown.
Warner touched on two big topics: Work on getting some type of retroactive pay to furloughed employees, and the possibility of wounded veterans’ benefit checks coming to a halt Nov. 1.
“We've spent a year and a half trying to get the VA to improve their performance,” said Sen. Warner. “We've worked with William & Mary Law School to try and get them the help and the VA accepted. All that progress is disappearing because of the shutdown.”
WAVY’s Anita Blanton also asked Warner about retroactive pay for those forced to take furloughs. The Senate still hasn't voted.
Warner said it will help federal employees, but they aren't the only ones hurt by the shutdown. He mentioned the ripple effect, and the Virginia businesses and people in the private sector, who are all losing income during this impasse.
Many more families are still hurting from the shutdown right now, even ending up in unemployment lines. WAVY.com put in a call to the Virginia Employment Commission, and a spokesperson said last week, they received 3,500 more claims than the average for the five weeks prior to that. Between October 1 to 8, 1,150 paper applications were from federal employees alone. The spokesperson aid the Commission knew the shutdown would have this effect.
“About four or five weeks ago we started the process of how we could do paper claims, question and answer sheets, and we had it ready to be posted on the morning of Oct. 1 if the furloughs actually happened,” said Joyce Fogg, Communications Director.
She said they haven't had this type of influx since the 90s.
Those who have already filed should receive their first deposit with up to $378 next week. Keep in mind if you're paid retroactively after the shutdown, you will have to pay that money back.
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