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Federal shutdown pressure being felt in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - While congress may be closing in on a deal to end the two week government shutdown. The reality is the crisis is continuing to impact the lives of San Diegans.

"Come the first of November I am screwed, along with a lot of other veterans that are out here."

Point Loma resident Jerry Lauder is a US Army veteran who served during the Gulf War -- he's now reliant on the V.A. for everything from food to medical care -- critical assistance he will not receive if the government remains shut down in just over two weeks time.

"People are going to lose their homes, we're all going to be homeless. The grocery stores don't take IOU's for groceries," Lauder said.

Also close to home, federal employees working for the IRS have been furloughed.

And while the IRS will not be processing any tax returns during the shutdown, those who filed for automatic extensions last spring still must file their returns on Tuesday.

At Lindbergh Field, airport screeners and federal air traffic controllers remain on the job, but thousands of safety inspectors for the FAA remain furloughed.

At last week's single-engine plane crash near Julian, which killed a local couple, federal investigators did not respond to the crash site itself, according to the sheriff's department.

The FAA said, during the shutdown it will conduct "basic investigations" for all plane crashes from afar.

And on what would have been Cabrillo National Monument's 100th anniversary, visitors were turned away. Although, those wanting to exercise their first amendment right to freedom of speech and assembly were permitted to walk in.

If the shutdown continues beyond this week, it will be up to each federal court to decide which of its workers are essential or "non-essential."

Judges would still be able to seat jurors although those jurors won't get paid until congress approves funding.

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