"Is that fair, to the men and women that go out and do that?" Hoyer said.
Other state agencies agreed they could continue to cover costs for some federally funded programs. If November approaches and the federal government is still shut down, many West Virginians will start to notice changes, officials said.
The state Department of Health and Human Resources administers an array of federal programs and services. It did some budgetary gymnastics to cover those affected by the shutdown through the end of the month, Secretary Karen Bowling said.
"To address the immediate impacts on DHHR programs, we have evaluated the timing of cash flows for all programs and plan to alter general revenue draws for various non-impacted programs to fully fund agency-wide personnel and services for those impacted programs," Bowling said in an emailed statement.
Every agency receives state funds at different times throughout the budget year to fund different programs, said Mike McKown, state budget director. The DHHR is moving money it's already received for programs not affected by the shutdown to cover costs for those that rely on federal funds.
McKown thinks the move won't hurt any programs unless the government shutdown runs into November.
The Department of Commerce can also front funds until the end of the month, said spokeswoman Chelsea Ruby. The department oversees 10 different state agencies - including the Division of Labor, Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, and Division of Natural Resources - many of which have programs directly funded or reimbursed by the federal government.
It's the same story for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said spokesman Lawrence Messina. The department has one employee paid through the same National Guard funding mechanism that dries up Oct. 16.
After the end of the month, the funding situation for grants needed by the department becomes "grim," Messina said.
National lawmakers and the president continue to pledge to find a solution. There's a chance for an agreement that addresses both the shutdown and the debt-ceiling situations, but one doesn't seem imminent, according to national experts and media reports.