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What would Federal government shutdown mean for Wisconsin?

Gov. Scott Walker says the state is prepared for a potential government shutdown.

"Unfortunately we've had to deal with this threat many times in years past under both Republican and Democrat administrations and we'll find a way to make it going forward," Walker said.

Both Democrats and Republicans are blaming each other for the potential shutdown. Sen Ron Johnson, R-WI, told CBS 58 news around 3 p.m. that a deal looked very questionable.

"If it weren't, we'd already have voted for it, and we'd be on our way back to Wisconsin," Johnson said. "But right now it's radio silence. I know Minority Leader Schumer went to the White House. We haven't heard a word since then, and we're just waiting on standby."

If the government does shut down, many federal workers will be temporarily without a job. Automatic Social Security payments will continue, but Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-WI, says you won't be able to call an office if there are any issues.

"If you turn 65 say on Monday, and the government is shut down, you won't be able to call," Moore said.

Wisconsin would also lose about $115 million in children's healthcare insurance payments (CHIP,) but because state law requires the program to continue, the state is on the hook.

"If the federal government doesn't fund the program, Wisconsin will lose more than $115 million, and it will have to find other sources of revenue," Marquette Political Science Professor Phillip Rocco said. "Either from increasing taxes or cutting spending."

Lawmakers say the post office will continue to run, but you will not be able to get a passport in the case of a potential shut down.

The White House says unlike in 2013, when all national parks closed due to shut down, Wisconsin's national parks would remain open.

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