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McAuliffe Speaks Out on Possible Government Shutdown

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Unless there is a compromise between the House and Senate, the United States government is headed for a partial shutdown at midnight Monday.

There was a lot of back and forth over the weekend with no results. Republicans say they'll fund the government and prevent a shutdown only if funding for the health care law is delayed one year. But Democrats are not on board with this plan.

There's a chance Republicans could come back with one final offer Monday, a last ditch effort to keep 800,000 federal employees at work.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe visited NBC29 Monday morning. He says a government shutdown would be devastating to the Virginia economy and around 150,000 Virginians could be affected. 

He says furloughs could happen immediately and there could be delays in benefits for 800,000 Virginia veterans. McAuliffe says the Tea Party is using the potential for a government shutdown as a bargaining chip.

"We need to work together, we need Democrats, Republicans, all of us working together to move our economy forward to create those 21st century jobs, but what's going on in Washington today is a disgrace," said McAuliffe.

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