WASHINGTON, D.C. — The full effects of the first government shutdown in 17 years are being felt in West Virginia and across the United States and, as of Tuesday afternoon, there was no end to the partial closure in sight.

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Third District Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV)

“This is a sad day for the people of America.  It’s a sad day for our government.  It’s a sad day for West Virginians,” said Third District Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV) of the shutdown on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees face furloughs, tourist destinations have been closed along with many operations for the Centers for Disease Control and services like food assistance and IRS audits have been disrupted.

President Barack Obama said the shutdown would have “a very real impact on real people right away.”

Rahall blamed a minority of Republicans for holding up the spending bill that would have averted the partial government shutdown to try to force a one year delay for the individual mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Up to now, House Speaker John Boehner has refused to bring a clean continuing resolution, with no health care strings attached, to the U.S. House floor.

“The vast majority of both parties want to move forward, regardless of your position (on the health care reform law).  We don’t agree on Obamacare, no, but, yes, a majority of Republicans want to get on with the continuing resolution,” said Rahall.

“This is not about Democrats versus Republicans.  This is about Republicans versus Republicans.”

Rahall said he is hoping the partial shutdown will last just a few days.  “We can do this if reasonable heads would be allowed to control this political arena,” he said.

The new federal fiscal year started on Oct. 1.

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  • Had Enough

    Mr. Rahall wants to vote all the republicans out of office. I'm sure some of them will go but, with all due respect so are you. And, I hope you take Jay Rockefeller with you. Evan Jenkins will at least vote for West Virginian's. Something that we haven't had in the past. He will not vote just to defeat republicans. He will vote to move the country and WV forward. Mr Rahall, Retirement is not so bad.

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  • ScobyD

    He (Rahall) said hundreds of thousands are out of work. I for one am tired of of being taxed to death paying the salaries of the most incompent workers in the world. Let them get a real job! Let them answer to someone for their work performance.

  • Mike

    Beth, you wouldn't know the Constitution if someone read it to you as a bedtime story. So you know people with high deductibles, huh? Well the Affordable Care Act just went into effect today....so how does that happen? Quite twisting the truth to mislead others!

  • Mike

    Tea-party drinkers couldn't stop the Affordable Health Care plan from becoming law in 2010; couldn't stop the Supreme Court from ruling it constitutional; and couldn't stop Obama's re-election. So let's all cry-baby together, throw a temper-tantrum, and shut down the government until we get our way. And deny 170,000 poor West Virginians from having access to quality health care. It doesn't get any nastier than that. Maybe our President should cry and threaten to shut down the government unless he gets a mandatory background check on all gun purchases. Same tactic.
    Sorry my fellow "Mike" but it's people like you that are driving the country to hell, right behind the anti-Christ Ted Cruz.

  • D.P.

    Beth - Very well stated! And sadly, as time passes, Obamacare is going to much, much worse than is presently recognized!!!

  • blugldmn

    You people in southern WV should have to keep paying tolls as long you keep electing this P.O.S into office!

  • Beth

    @Brandon, turn off the television. Read the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The "Affordable Healthcare Act" isn't about health care, it's about forcing Americans to purchase health insurance (or pay a tax), which is causing doctors to leave, insurance rates to skyrocket, and people getting their hours cut. (I know people who have monthly insurance premiums of a few hundred dollars AND a several thousand dollar deductible for their health expenses. Doesn't sound very affordable to me!)

  • D.P.

    PMQ - I like the moniker "Tricky Nicky." This sure is an appropriate nickname for him! How ANYONE could vote for this Obama FLUNKIE is truly unbelievable! The jobs he has cost his district over the years due to his 100% Dem partianship is truly tragic!

    Does anyone know if he ever paid back the considerable marker he owed to one of the Vegas Casinos years ago? I'm quite sure the Casino sued him over this money, but very possibly he "Pulled some strings" to get out of repaying them. Unwillingness to pay your debts sure speaks volumes about a man!!!!!

  • steve

    Has this guy Rahall got any credability left--The real problem is with the Democrats that created this monster....................

  • deb

    Two years ago I listened as Congressman Rahall spoke about Obama care and he said, "I know my constituents do not want this, but I know what is best for them....." Thank God for someone like Ted Cruz who actually listens to his voters,,,,and yet every election Rahall gets re-elected??

  • Hillbilly

    I have been saying this for a long time now...
    VOTE THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE!
    If its an incumbent, vote for the NEW person!!!
    That is the only way we can solve this problem.

  • JTC

    The republican congressmen in Virginia, Penn, and NY are starting to waver! Now say 7-8 willing to vote for clean CR bill! The phone calls are working!

  • Mike

    They voted to shut it down to stop all the BS.