Political expert: Government shutdown wouldn't impact Lowcountry significantly

Published: Sep. 28, 2013 at 2:12 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2013 at 2:15 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Another shutdown showdown in Washington as Congress tries to pass a spending bill by Monday. The Senate passed a version Friday. The bill has moved on to the House.

"This isn't going anywhere," says College of Charleston political science professor Jordan Ragusa. "These sorts of battles are going to continually occur as long as the Congress can't pass a long term spending bill."

A short-term spending bill is due by Monday if congress wants to avoid something that hasn't happened in almost two decades. The last government shutdown was in 1996.

"The spirit of our government is one of compromise and because lawmakers are increasingly partisan and polarized, they're unable to reach compromise," explains Ragusa.

Ragusa says most people in the Lowcountry will not see any immediate or significant changes if Congress cannot reach a compromise and the government does shutdown Tuesday.

"For most of us, we won't experience the shutdown. It will probably be worse for business owners and people that are more intimately tied to the economy."

He says this tug-of-war between Democrats and Republicans is about the Affordable Care Act. Ragusa says the GOP wasn't successful in repealing the law, so Republicans are trying to take away the funding for it.

"That's really difficult to do because some provisions of the Affordable Care Act are very popular. So, what they're going to do instead is try to defund the law. It's just a politically easier haul for them."