The food stamps program, which has a different funding source than the one which expired Sept. 30, will remain open, as apparently will the federal Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program. The Kokomo WIC office was open.
According to the Washington Post, which cited the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s official contingency plan, WIC funding is supposed to cease during the shutdown.
But WIC offices could run off reserve funds for some time, and many states are expected to keep the offices open indefinitely, according to the Post.
The same scenario applies to the Kokomo Housing Authority, which receives a monthly allotment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“We’re going to keep going; we’re not going to go on furlough,” KHA Director Debra Cook said Tuesday. She said other housing authorities are issuing furloughs, but the KHA will run on reserves as long as possible.
In Washington, Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for the shutdown. The Republican majority House and Democrat majority Senate were unable to agree on a funding bill.
“We have acted repeatedly to avoid a government shutdown and they have rejected our legislation along with our offer for negotiations. The intransigence of President Obama and Sen. [Harry] Reid has led to a government shutdown that Americans oppose just as they oppose ObamaCare,” U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., said.
President Barack Obama blamed the GOP.
“They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job,” Obama said.