Potential government shutdown could impact you

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 19:23:24-04

Congress would have to act by midnight Friday to prevent a partial government shutdown.

One of the big issues was the spending to build a border wall with Mexico that had some members of congress at a stand still.  Now as President Trump nears his 100 day in office, he's putting off the effort for now, hoping to reach an agreement to avoid a shutdown.

"The last thing Donald Trump wants is to cap off his first 100 days with a government shutdown that I think disproportionately people would blame the Trump administration for," explained UW-Fox Valley political science professor, George Waller.

Governor Scott Walker said he's confident congress will act.

"They're going to find a way to work this through and tackle the big issues which are tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, reforming that system and more things that help improve the quality of life for more Americans," said Governor Walker.

If congress fails to act in time the result is a partial government shutdown.  That means services would stop except those deemed "essential," meaning social security, Medicare, food stamps and other government programs could be impacted.

Although the threat of a government shut down happens nearly every year, the last time the government actually shut down was in 2013.