Local residents want government shutdown to end

LA CROSSE, Wis. - With two days in and no end in sight, how much is the government shutdown really impacting people in the La Crosse community?

Residents told news 8 they are feeling frustrated with the government.

"I believe our elected officials are not doing their job," said Cindy Baker of La Crosse.

"Seems ridiculous to me," said Nick Schreck of La Crosse.

"I care that it's affecting a lot of people," said Abby Saunders of La Crosse.

The government shutdown has closed several offices in the area including the Fish and Wildlife Service.

There is also an apology sign at the IRS office in La Crosse.


Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office is also closed, but two floors up, Rep. Ron Kind's office was open taking calls from constituents.

While some of these offices are closed, life is still pretty normal for some people in La Crosse.

"It doesn't really affect me," said Baker.

"I've heard mostly about it through people who have family or friends that have been directly affected by it," said Saunders.

"No, I guess I haven't gone to any government buildings," said Schreck.

Even so, they still want to see a resolution in Washington soon. It's just getting there that's the tough part.

"I don't know," said Schreck. "I guess I ask that question every day. It'd be a simple thing to get along."

"They're going to have to figure it out, but for a solution I don't really know," said Chesley Neitzke of La Crosse.

"They need to get along and stop screwing around, and run the government like they're supposed to," said Baker.

Other government services considered essential are still open, including the post office and the Social Security office.

Catholic charities in La Crosse said the impact of the shutdown may be felt mainly for families going through the international adoption process, depending on how long the shutdown lasts.

It's not just the physical offices that are closed.

Several websites are also down or not being updated including the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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