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Possible gov't shutdown prompts concern over benefits

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Lakeland, Florida - As the budget battle continues in the Senate and the threat of a government shutdown looms, many are concerned about government benefits.

"I get so tired of those idiots in Washington DC playing with us," said Lakeland resident Georgia Chiaia.

The 73-year-old is worried about how a possible shutdown would affect her once-per-month $1,051 Social Security payment.

"I have to pay my electric, my other utilities. I have my car insurance that has to be paid or you don't have a driver's license."

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Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits would still be issued, but could be delayed.

The military's 1.4 million active duty personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed. 

Late Saturday, the House approved an amendment that calls for U.S. troops to be paid in the event of a shutdown, but the legislation still has to pass the Senate.

Veterans would still be able to visit hospitals for inpatient care, get mental health counseling at vet centers, or get prescriptions filled at VA health clinics. But those appealing denial of disability benefits will have to wait should there be a government shutdown.

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