Brewer: AZ can't afford to bail out fed government
PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer says the federal shutdown "will have an unnecessary and negative impact on services aimed to assist Arizona's vulnerable."
Congressional Republicans and Democrats in Washington have been trading the blame for failure to reach agreement on a temporary funding bill to keep federal agencies open.
In the event lawmakers blow the Monday deadline, about 800,000 federal workers would be forced off the job without pay.
Some critical services such as patrolling the borders, inspecting meat and controlling air traffic would continue.
Social Security benefits would be sent and the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs for the elderly and poor would continue to pay doctors and hospitals.
Brewer says her office continues to work with state agencies to ensure that the effects of the shutdown are minimal.
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