Boston Globe: Markey warns shutdown would adversely affect Mass.
WASHINGTON _ A series of federal programs Bay State residents rely on — including getting help with Social Security benefits, college loans, veterans health services and Head Start — would be cut or delayed if the federal government is forced to close due to Congress’s inability to reach a compromise on spending priorities, Senator Edward J. Markey warned Thursday.
“If the government shuts down, hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents would have services and benefits shut off,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement.
Among the hardest hit, he said, would be nearly 200,00 seniors who could be denied Social Security services while the government is not operating. Also affected could be thousands of children who rely on Head Start, the pre-school program already forced to remove 2,000 kids across the state due to recent spending cuts known as sequester.