2013 Government shutdown cost region $6M a day, new shutdown possible

In nine days, just one week from this Friday, there could be another shutdown of the federal government

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC)-- Another government shutdown could be looming, the deadline is next Friday.

The last shutdown in 2013 was bad news for Hampton Roads. Military commissaries were closed and 21,000 civil servants were furloughed.

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission estimated it cost the region $6.3 million per day in lost income, for each of the 13 days of the shutdown.

"This is very important to Virginia because this is one of the top states that receive such massive amounts of defense spending," said Tidewater Community College Business Professor Peter Shaw. "Any disruption has a catastrophic effect."

Shaw says the damage would be very real this time, just like it was last time.

"There is no good news coming out of anything like this if it happens," he said. "So I sincerely hope Congress gets its act together.

Lawmakers need to okay a budget extension by midnight on Dec. 8th, which is the day a continuing resolution currently funding government operations expires. If the budget is not extended there is a risk a shutdown of all but essential operations, again.

"I believe we'll avert it," said Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Although although worried, he is hopeful a shutdown might not happen.

"We may have to do a two week Continuing Resolution until the 22nd of December that would be similar to what's happened in past years," he said. "I think we'll get there and we'll have a deal that would carry forward funding of the government."

Of course, the problem with another Continuing Resolution is, it maintains spending at the prior year's levels. Local defense contractors have been calling for a long-term appropriations bill, so that they can plan appropriately.

It's unclear on Wednesday if that is a possibility.

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