Shutdown Vote Monday: What it Means At Falls Air Base, IRS, Border Crossings

Cong. Collins on WBEN: " We will not negotiate with Chuck Schumer"

Dave Debo
January 21, 2018 - 1:11 pm

(WBEN) The United States Senate is expected to vote at 12n Monday on a measure that could end the government showdown.  Lack of agreement Sunday guaranteed the shutdown would enter a third day.

The US government is the largest employer in the 7 counties of Western New York, with 15,000 employees at over 100 agencies and offices, including four border crossings, The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and large IRS and Small Business Administration call centers based here. While some services would remain open, many of those workers could see their paychecks delayed. 

Speaking on the possibility of that vote passing, Congressman Chris Collins tells WBEN that Republicans are hoping for either a change in policy from Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer or to have 10 Democratic Senators who are up for re-election in states that voted strong for President Trump to break ranks and vote in favor of the current plan.,

"If we don't get it done tonight it could take weeks," Collins said Sunday morning on WBEN's Hardline program with Dave Debo. "The time to strike, for Senator Schumer or some maverick Democrats to split off from Schumer would be tonight, so you see (no shutdown) Monday morning at 8 am.

"I'm afraid if you hit Monday morning and federal offices are closed, that's when you could see someone like Schumer dig his heels in and it could last for months," Collins said.


Social Security and the federal safety net of poverty programs would be unaffected by a lapse in federal spending authority, but other offices that would typically open on a weekday morning would remain shut.  Critical government functions with uniformed military, health inspectors, and law enforcement personnel would remain, with "essential workers" on the job but working without pay.  If no deal is brokered by Monday, hundreds of thousands of other federal workers would be furloughed.

Approximately 1,000 work at the Air Reserve Station, in the 914th Airlift Command of the US Air Force Reserve and the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing.

"Non essential service like the IRS call center would not be open, " Collins said. 

The federal government shut down came at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations . After hours of closed-door meetings and phone calls, the Senate scheduled its late-night vote on a House-passed plan. It gained 50 votes to proceed to 49 against, but 60 were needed to break a Democratic filibuster. A handful of red-state Democrats crossed the aisle to support the measure, rather than take a politically risky vote. Four Republicans voted in opposition.

HEAR Cong. Chris Collins on WBEN's Hardline (Sunday 10am -12noon) 

Cong. Chris Collins - On Govt. Shutdown

"We will not negiotiate with Chuck Schumer"

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