He may be smiling, but Governor Dave Heineman is not happy. He blasted Congress on Tuesday for its failure to pass a federal budget. "Get it done on time," said Governor Heineman. "The federal fiscal year starts today, October first and we have no budget from the federal government."
Even though he spoke to reporters in North Platte, the governor is aware of the shutdown's impact on the metro. "I think that's unfair to the states," said Governor Heineman. "And they've known this for a long period of time. I criticize both parties."
"Certainly impacted us here at Offutt Air Force Base," said Col. Greg Guilot.
Offutt had to send two-third's of its civilian workers home. "So, around 2,000 of them came in today and learned that they would be furloughed through the shutdown until we get an appropriations bill," said Col. Guilot.
He stressed that Offutt is fully operational and civilian employees, like members of the Offutt Fire Department, remain on the job.