By: Christine Souders
Union leaders and local organizations say it's a race against the clock for lawmakers, and Quad Citians' are urging congress to raise the debt ceiling.
Monday Night, The Quad City Federation of Labor held a meeting in Davenport to shed light on what could happen here in the quad cities if lawmakers in Washington don't pay the bills.
Union leaders are calling on Congress to raise the debt ceiling to prevent the U.S. from exhausting its ability to pay the bills by Thursday.
"The treasury department can't take extraordinary measures to move money around and pay bills," said Tom Seymour who is most concerned about senior citizens who rely on their social security checks.
"By November, if there isn't any more money to be found, and tax revenues aren't enough, there won't be money for social security. Those checks can stop," said Seymour.
Something that worries, William and Lois Thomas who can't afford to lose their income.
"We're going into the winter months, so you have heating, electricity; those bills all have to be paid too," said Lois Thomas who at age 85, the retired nurse is even considering going back to work if the government defaults on its bills.
"It's very difficult to find a job where I can walk with a cane."
And, it's not just social security benefits, union members said they are also concerned about those receiving assistance through the VA program, and more furlough days.
"It's going to trickle down. I don't care what you do, if people can't spend money in the economy, than that shuts down America," said Rosa Wilson, a Union Member.
Congress has until Thursday to decide whether or not to raise the nation's borrowing limit above the $16 trillion dollar debt already accumulated.