Local reaction to government shutdown: 'Business as usual'

By Kelly McCarthy

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 1:15 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The same day the Affordable Care Act began online enrollment and portions of the U.S. government shut down because neither side was willing to blink, local residents appeared indifferent to the potential impact.

Local residents gave a mix of reactions in response to the congressional stalemate in Washington, D.C.

People traveling downtown said they were aware of the shutdown. But those who spoke to Action News Tuesday didn't seem too concerned because they say it will not effect them immediately.

"Well I guess it's happened 10 or 15 times before and we survived it, so I guess we'll survive this one, too," said a Binghamton resident.

Another person placed the blame on lawmakers.

"It's the House of Representatives' fault, I mean come on, you lost the battle on the healthcare thing, give it up and get the government going," he said.

This is the first government shutdown in 17 years. The last shutdown happened in 1995-96 and lasted 21 days. Shutting down parts of the government is also costing the nation money and employees, a number of federal services closed their doors Tuesday.

However, Binghamton's federal courthouse was open Tuesday. The court clerk said the courthouse is considered an essential service, meaning they have judiciary carry-over funds that can be used to keep all staff working -- at least in the short term.

The clerk said those funds will only keep the agency running for about 10 days. If the shutdown lasts longer, business will certainly start to feel an effect.