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First Coast military families brace for government shutdown

11:52 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A government shutdown will have an impact all across the country and here on the First Coast. Military families are waiting to hear what's next. By midnight, a bill to fund the government must be signed by the president in order for there not to be a government shutdown.

Like most expectant mothers, Jocelyn Simmons is excited to welcome her baby boy into the family. She's now seven months pregnant but her nursery is not yet complete. Simmons said she's waiting to see if her husband's paycheck is a sure thing.

"We're waiting to see what happens," said Simmons. "We're making emergency plans just in case."

As Republicans and Democrats go back and forth about funding the government, Simmons and her husband, a seaman in the Navy, will cut back on spending.

"This would affect us on a day to day basis. Just in case, we're cutting back on groceries," said Simmons."

If a bill to fund the government isn't passed by both chambers in congress an signed by President Obama by midnight, we will see a shutdown. University of North Florida political science professor Dr. Matthew Corrigan said the city of Jacksonville in particular could feel the pain in the long run.

"It would hurt especially if it was to go on for a while," said Corrigan. "Because we have such a large military contingent. And so many people here are attached to the military including contractors and military families. "

Simmons said she's hopeful that in the end, lawmakers will do what's best for the people.

"We're trying to be optimistic," said Simmons. "It's a game if chicken in Congress. Hopefully one side will give or another. "

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