It is unacceptable that Congress has failed to reach a responsible agreement to fund the government, and as a result, the federal government has shut down for the first time in 17 years. While the Senate passed a compromise measure to fund the government three times, House Republican leadership refuses to bring the legislation to the Floor for a vote. Instead they have wasted time pursuing a partisan strategy to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
As a representative of over 62,000 hardworking federal workers, I’m deeply disappointed and concerned by the adverse impact it will have on them, their families, and Americans who rely on the important services they provide. This shutdown will have significant consequences for our economy, our national security, and working families in the Fifth District and throughout the country. The Governor’s office estimates our state could lose $5 million in revenue and $15 million in economic activity for each day of a shutdown. That’s why I continue to urge my colleagues to work together on a bipartisan agreement to end this shutdown as soon as possible and operate in a responsible way.
Throughout the shutdown, my office will remain open to help constituents to the best of our ability, and I encourage you to visit my website for more information – it will be updated as additional information becomes available from relevant agencies.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you.