While problems amassing due to Tuesday's federal government shutdown will not totally incapacitate the local government, Graham and Young County are still not entirely out of the woods.
All day on Monday, congress struggled to agree on a budget. Mainly, the congressional bottleneck was the result of an inability to compromise. Most recently leading up to the shutdown, Democrats rejected a GOP plan that would still fund the federal government, but would delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act until January, 2015. Because an agreement was not reached by 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the shutdown went into effect.
On Tuesday at 9 a.m., the Graham Office of the USDA played the following message through its voicemail system: "Hello. You have reached the Young County USDA service center. We are not in the office at this time. We are on furlough due to a lack of federal government funding. Please dial extension 115 to leave a voicemail. Please note that we do not have access to email or voicemail due to the current lapse of funding. We look forward to returning your message once funding has been restored." There are people answering the line after this message is played, but they are instructed not to comment.
Read the entire story on Wednesday's edition of the Graham Leader.