WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - In a feeling of déjà vu all over again, the country is one week away from what could be another government shutdown. If you're trying to buy a home or expecting a much needed tax refund, you could be out of luck.
A deadlock in D.C. now threatens to affect veterans who are expecting benefits, anyone who may need a tax refund, or even homeowners who may have loan decisions delayed.
The showdown centers on Planned Parenthood, with some Republicans in Congress refusing to fund the government if the organization continues to receive taxpayer dollars.
A consequence of a government shutdown would mean Food Stamps halted, along with millions of federal paychecks.
In an interview Wednesday, Dr. Deirdre Condit, political science chair at Virginia Commonwealth University, explained that as in 2013, the potential 2015 federal shutdown is also led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex).
A September CNN poll shows 22 percent of Americans want no more federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and Condit says Cruz is hoping to expand his appeal as he polls in the single digits.
"This provides him access to those 22 percent of voters," Condit said. "Most of whom are Republican, who will be at the core to get him on the ticket. To give him the nomination."
But the same poll finds 71 percent of respondents think it is more important for Congress to avoid a shutdown altogether.
That could mean a backlash against Republicans if maneuvering leads to misery, with paychecks put on hold.
"They won't go to the grocery store, they won't go to the movies," Condit said of furloughed federal employees. "They were going to buy their kids new clothes, they're not going to do that because they don't know when they're getting paid
The CNN poll took place from Sept. 4-8, with a margin of error of +/- 3.0 percentage points.
The wild card here, the Pope, who will address Congress Thursday.
That's the same day a vote is expected to happen that could potentially avert a shutdown until Dec. 11.
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