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North Country New York Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, in a conference call with reporters hours after the federal government shut down over a budget impasse, said Congress has forgotten the importance of civilian workers.

The Massachusetts economy is already feeling the impact of  federal budget cuts.  Leading regional economists warn the federal government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis could compound the problems.

Western Mass. Waiting on Word from Washington

Sep 30, 2013

As a government shutdown looms, federally-funded programs in western Massachusetts are playing the waiting game.

With gridlock in Washington, one result of a shutdown could be the delaying of benefits to the state’s 394,000 military veterans. Rosanne Frieri is the Director of Veterans’ Services for the City of Pittsfield. She says she doesn’t expect a significant immediate impact on her office or the more than 130 veterans it currently serves.