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Updated Oct 2, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Brewer: Arizona cannot afford to bail out government

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer says a federal shutdown “will have an
unnecessary and negative impact on services aimed to assist Arizona’s
vulnerable.”

Congressional Republicans and Democrats in Washington have been trading the
blame for failure to reach agreement on a temporary funding bill to keep federal
agencies open.

In the event lawmakers blow the Monday deadline, about 800,000 federal workers
would be forced off the job without pay.

Some critical services, such as patrolling the borders, inspecting meat and
controlling air traffic would continue.

Social Security benefits would be sent and the Medicare and Medicaid health
care programs for the elderly and poor would continue to pay doctors and
hospitals.

Brewer says her office continues to work with state agencies to ensure that the
effects of a potential shutdown are minimal.

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