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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

First Coast Experts On The Government Shutdown And Effects Of Potential U.S. Default


After weeks of partisan battle, a deal may be emerging at to end the government shutdown and prevent a first-ever default on the nation’s debt.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell ended a day of constant talks yesterday with optimism that a pact they’ve been negotiating could end the standoff.

This is good news to the hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers across the country including many right here on the First Coast.

Dr. Stephen Baker, professor of political science at Jacksonville University, and Barbara English, president and founder of English Solutions Inc., a noted executive leader on the First Coast in government contracting, took calls on First Coast Connect on the shutdown, the potential default, and breaking through the partisan stalemate.

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.