Federal shutdowns to have minimal impact on Tri-Rivers area

The federal government implemented shutdowns of 401 state parks, as well as numerous museums on Tuesday, October 1, the first time in 17 years. Getty Images

Hathaway is unsure of whether the federal shutdowns will impact the county's ongoing federally-funded projects.

"We haven't been told to stop, so our projects are still underway," Hathaway said.

West Point: According to West Point Mayor Jim Hudson, staff is "unaware of any direct impact" that the shutdowns will have on the Town.

However, Hudson added that like other localities, West Point "will feel the impact collaterally."

The federal shutdowns are a result of unresolved healthcare and spending concerns among members of U.S. Congress.

Because lawmakers were unable to break a political stalemate in Congress, federal agencies were asked to cut back services.

The shutdown, the culmination of three years of divided government and growing political polarization, was spearheaded by Republican Tea Party conservatives united in their opposition to Obama, their distaste for the president's healthcare law and their campaign pledges to rein in government spending.

In the hours leading up to the deadline, the Democratic-controlled Senate repeatedly stripped measures passed by the House that tied temporary funding for government operations to delaying or scaling back the Affordable Care Act healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare.

Obama refused to negotiate over the demands and warned a shutdown could "throw a wrench into the gears of our economy."

Some government offices and national parks will be shuttered, but spending for essential functions related to national security and public safety will continue, including pay for U.S. military troops.

Reuters & The Virginia Gazette contributed to this story

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