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Local Government Shutdown Concerns

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A government shutdown will affect some government entities more than others.

Officials at the federal courthouse here in Cedar Rapids say they hope to keep any hassles to a minimum.

The deadline to strike a deal on a spending bill is fast approaching and if no progress is made come 12:01 Tuesday morning the government shuts down.

Federal courts like the one here in Cedar Rapids will continue operating normally for about 10 business days.

"We'll continue to hear cases, we'll continue to operate the grand jury system, we'll continue to have hearings and operate pretty much as normal," said Robert Phelps, Clerk of Court for the U.S District Court.

If the shutdown continues employee furloughs might kick in.

Officials say that they will decide who will continue working, keeping those whose work is considered "essential" at the top of the list.

"We've devised a plan that essential personnel will stay on site and stay working for normal business hours," Phelps said.

Meanwhile mail deliveries would continue as usual.

People will still get social security and Medicare benefits.

The only concern, there could be delays for new applicants.

Regardless, the uncertainty has many people in the corridor asking questions about our elected officials.

"If politicians can't run the government why should they even get paid. Why shut down services for the people that are going to pay taxes," said Eastern Iowa resident David Burrus."

Head Start programs, food assistance, loans for homebuyers and work place inspections are some of the areas that could be affected by the shutdown.

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