The clock is ticking down to another government shutdown. Friday is the deadline for Democrats and Republicans to come up with a federal budget.
There is a new roadblock in congressional talks to prevent another shutdown. This time it’s not about funding for a wall with Mexico.
Negotiators are clashing over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, disagreeing on curbing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the southern border.
Georgia First District Congressman Buddy Carter says he hoped for more progress.
“It is disappointing. From what I understand, there’s a hangup on the number of officers that were going to have down there, which baffles me,” he said. “I mean to me, you have the number of officers that you need, you don’t get a limit. That would be like us getting a limit on the number of officers that we were going to have here.”
Government workers and their families say the last thing they need is another shutdown. News 3 spoke with Samantha Asaro of Savannah, who said her husband went without pay for 35 days.
“It was tough. It’s not fair for anyone who has to deal with it. Not just our family. People think about the Coast Guard, but they don’t think about Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection,” Asaro said. “It’s just a bad situation for anyone who works for the government and it’s not fair.”
The fight over border protection leaves some people less than hopeful that lawmakers can work it out before Friday.
“I hope it’s not shut down anymore,” said Derik Hobbs of Nashville. “I think we have a lot more important things to worry about and it kinda not our business to do that to everyone.”
Chelsie Rudseal of Savannah holds little hope for successful negotiations: “I don’t see it happening anytime soon.”
Carter is more optimistic an agreement can be reached, but if not, he says there are options available to keep the government open.
“We may have to have another temporary CR (continuing resolution) and if that’s the case, then certainly that will keep people working and keep the partial government shutdown from happening,” said Carter. “I’m just very disappointed, but at the same time, I’m still optimistic that we can get this done before Friday and avoid a shutdown.”