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Governor Sandoval Warns of Fallout From Federal Shutdown

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A week into the partial shutdown of the federal government, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is warning that the state cannot afford to pick up the slack. 
 
During an open cabinet meeting Tuesday, the Republican governor said Nevadans will lose their food stamps and unemployment benefits if the federal government remains on ice through November. 
 
Sandoval says all federal services are important, and he dreads having to pick among women, children and the unemployed. He added that he did not want to cause panic.

367,000 Nevadans are in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, while 74,000 are in the Women, Infants and Children program or WIC. 
  
On the first day of the shutdown, Sandoval issued a statement saying recipients of unemployment benefits and food stamps should not see disruptions in benefits.  (AP)

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today responded to Governor Brian Sandoval's concerns about the effects of the government shutdown on Nevada:
 
"I share the Governor's concerns. In Nevada, we solve problems when the Governor sits down and talks with legislative leaders. Let this be a lesson to President Obama and Congressional Leadership on both sides of the aisle for Democrats and Republicans to sit down, communicate, and come up with a solution," said Senator Dean Heller.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement after Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval held a cabinet meeting calling a government shutdown "catastrophic" for Nevada:

"I thank Governor Sandoval for recognizing how devastating a Republican shutdown is for Nevada. We both agree that this Republican shutdown needs to end. And the piecemeal approached preferred by Republicans would not fix the problems that Governor Sandoval outlined. This is why the Senate passed a bipartisan clean bill to fund the government. We need the House to pass this bill to reopen the government, pay our bills and then let's negotiate."

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