Gov. Terry Branstad says he is committed to doing everything to try and minimize the impact a government shutdown would have on the state of Iowa.
He said Monday morning that he's working to avoid any disruptions or problems that could come up with the various departments and agencies.
"We're gonna do everything we can, and we run differently than the federal government, we work to solve problems instead of try to fight with each other. I don't spend my time attacking the Democrats in the legislature. In fact, we had a very successful session, we got a lot of things accomplished, even with a split legislature. I think Washington could learn a lot by operating the way we do in the state of Iowa," says Branstad.
The governor says all state government offices will be open and nobody will be denied state benefits, but he says there may be some people in the National Guard that are directly affected.