Some of Virginia’s 140,000 federal workers are on edge about the effects of a federal shutdown that may come as soon as midnight Friday.
At the White House, a visibly frustrated President Barack Obama is taking both sides to task for failing to reach a deal. Republicans want $61 billion in cuts. Democrats have agreed to $33 billion. The two sides also disagree on what to cut.
Meanwhile, both parties say they don’t want the government to shut down.
The stalemate is the No. 1 topic of phone calls to Virginia Sen. Mark Warner’s office. He said he can’t understand why both sides can’t come up with a compromise.
As the shutdown clock is ticking, businesses that depend on federal employees are bracing for lean times.