We're learning more about the effects of the ongoing federal government shutdown in Virginia.
The estimated 300 state employees who have joined the tens of thousands of federal workers in Virginia are from three main agencies.
Governor Bob McDonnell's chief of staff says those workers are from the Department of Military Affairs, the Department of Labor and Industry, and several institutions of higher learning - with the highest impact at Norfolk State and Virginia Tech.
Thursday, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and 21 other chambers across the state, including Charlottesville's Regional Chamber of Commerce, sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to put an end to the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
The letter iterates this shutdown is not in the best interest of the business community or the American people.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and 21 chambers of commerce in Virginia sent the following message to Virginia delegation of the U.S. Congress:
As we enter the second week of a government shutdown, the undersigned chambers of commerce urge Congress to work together to reach a deal on the pending passage of a budget, as well as to act expeditiously to raise the nation's debt limit.
We understand the importance of restraining federal spending to reduce budget deficits, contain the growth of federal debt, and thereby re-establish fiscal discipline in the near-term and for the long haul. However, it is not in the best interest of the business community or the American people to risk further harm to an already fragile economy. Virginia's economy is especially susceptible to damage, with approximately 30 percent of the Commonwealth's economy tied to federal spending.
The federal government must resume its normal operations. Likewise, we respectfully urge Congress to raise the debt ceiling in a timely manner and remove any threat to the full faith and credit of the United States government. These two issues will both have a major impact on the economy of Virginia and of the United States as a whole.