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Government shutdown enters day 3

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By: Melissa Randall

Twitter: @MelissaARandall

Democrats are standing firm on their fight over the health care law. 

"We are locked in tight on Obamacare," said Sen. Harry Ried, the Senate Majority leader.

They say Republicans need to give up, because it's not going anywhere.

"All we're asking for here is a discussion and fairness to the American people under Obamacare," Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House.

The house has passed measure that would restore national health institutes and re-open parks, but the White House says it's all or nothing.

Meanwhile the affects are already trickling down. In Rhode Island, the housing authority will run out of federal funding at the end of the month, jeopardizing loans and subsidized housing for low-income families.

"At some point if this stretches long enough then our resources will run out and then I don't know what we do at that point," said Michael Milito of the RI Housing Authority.

Those who rely on food stamps could also run into trouble with a prolonged shutdown. The SNAP program in Rhode Island is also only funded through October.

"I'm a single mother," said Yesina Javier who uses SNAP benefits. "I have 4 kids. If they take the food stamps away what am I going to do?"

"I'll probably starve to death," said Bill Labree.

Currently the women, infants, and children program, also known as WIC, will go on. The Department of Health has no timeline for when its WIC funds might run out. The program is used by 27,000 Rhode Islanders.

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