There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The federal government shutdown is affecting thousands of people across the state of Ohio, including a family in Strongsville.
"Everyday we get up and feed the kids and check the news," said Megan, whose husband Andy is a federal government employee. "I hope that they're going to pass a bill and everyday it's more of the same."
Andy, an Iraq war veteran, is an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration at the Cleveland Center in Oberlin. He's been working without pay since the shutdown began nearly 10 days ago.
"Of course, we're concerned," she added. "How long do the lights stay on?"
The family has started to borrow money from family and friends to pay their bills. And some of their food – which they always buy at the grocery – is now being donated by family and friends. The rest comes from the food pantry.
"My husband has gone to work every single day," she said. "He just wants to get paid for that so we can move on with our lives. It's a horrible thing that's happening to all of us."
The situation is about to get even worse if the shutdown enters its third week.
"We postponed our mortgage payment during our grace period, but we have to make that payment coming up in a couple of days," she said. "Once we do that, that'll pretty much wipe out what we have."
She said she's contacted her local lawmakers about their situation. She and her husband are looking into unemployment benefits and financial assistance from Veterans Affairs.
While there is a collective sigh of relief in Peninsula now that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad are open again, the financial damage has been done.
Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.
The Senate has voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.
The reopening of national parks will be good news to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which will continue the popular "Ales on Rails" for Cleveland Beer Week, but the shutdown may keep brews made specifically for beer week out of Ohio.
Even if the government shutdown ends soon, there are many people in northeast Ohio who have gone without paychecks. With that in mind, some financial institutions are lending a hand to help.
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
WEWS-TV Political Analyst Dr. Tom Sutton looks at the political battle over the government shutdown.
Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.
It seems like every day we're hearing about a new way the government shutdown is impacting us in northwest Ohio. As it drags out, you can expect more effects on your life in both small and big ways.