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Concerns raised over potential government shutdown

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Concerns are being raised about the possibility of a government shutdown this week.

If Congress fails to pass a spending bill in two days, it could happen, and if it does it could affect hundreds of Connecticut children and their parents.

There was a government shutdown two years ago, and it lasted for 16 days.

Families in the state were impacted and the state had to step in and help.

Officials from a Head Start program in Bridgeport called ABCD are concerned about the possibility.

The program provides free meals, medical services and early learning opportunities for low-income Bridgeport children. The program is federally funded.

Two years ago, during the government shutdown, the program was forced to close.

To help keep them open, the state came through with $800,000.

"Government can't shut down for whatever their parochial need is,” said Congressman Jim Himes.

Two years ago the fight was over affordable health care, and this time it is Planned Parenthood.

Republicans are trying to stop them from getting taxpayer money.

House Speaker John Boehner, who announced he is retiring, is pushing for an agreement and said he doesn’t want to leave his successor with “a dirty barn.”

Connecticut’s congressional leaders said there is a lot at stake.

"It’s about parents who will have to stay home from work, lose their jobs to care for their children,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

A shutdown would also impact hundreds of employees at the Bridgeport Head Start, and others across the state, along with some Army bases.

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