ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A frustrated Sen. Tom Udall warned Thursday New Mexico could see its national laboratories shut down as the stalemate over the federal budget continues in Congress.
While Udall expressed disgust at the ongoing fight, he said he is confident a deal will be reached. The problem is it's not likely to be done in time to avoid the deadline of Monday when the new federal budget year begins.
If that happens, federal services considered nonessential will stop, and essential services may see cash flows disrupted.
"Just to be clear, I think there is a possibility that Los Alamos and Sandia could shut down as part of this," Udall said from Washington in a telephone interview.
In addition military paychecks may be delayed, and national parks, monuments, forests and wildlife refuges would also lock their gates.
"These national laboratories are working on a number of vital projects," Udall continued. "Shut down on those projects increase costs as a result of that. When the costs go up, then you get delays.
"Just pick any one of the vital projects that are going on. They're going to be impacted. So this is something that is already having an impact and we need to get out of it."
Another likely victim would be the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is currently assess flood damage in New Mexico for possible federal relief, he added.
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