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Govt Shutdown Won't Have Immediate Affect in Lane County

The government shutdown may not have immediate impacts on most Oregonians. But, officials say, if it continues for several weeks, veterans and others who depend on federal programs could be affected. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Davis: "We just want to reassure people that if they are utilizing services through the county that there's not going to be a change. If they have a pre-existing appointment with a government person for a service or otherwise there's not going to be a change in that. There is sort of a buffer between us and the federal government that they won't experience a noticeable difference right now."

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says the government shutdown will immediately halt Forest Service projects in the state.

Some members of Washington's congressional delegation have offered to give up their paychecks during the shutdown.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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