Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell Denounces GOP Brinkmanship Which Led to Government Shutdown
September 30, 2013
Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell released the following statement regarding Government Shutdown:
“Once again House Republicans put partisan politics ahead of the needs of the American people. The government shutdown is the sole creation of the House Republicans. The GOP had a chance to avert the government shutdown but chose political brinkmanship over responsible compromise. In order to avoid the shutdown, the Senate sent the House a compromise spending bill that accepted the GOP’s lower funding levels. Instead of allowing a vote on this clean Continuing Resolution, House Republicans once again attached unreasonable amendments which had no hope of gaining bi-partisan support. Enough is enough! We cannot continue playing ping pong with the well-being of the American people.
A government shutdown will have a devastating impact on my constituents in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District and citizens across the nation, depriving millions of Americans of vital services and costing American taxpayers an estimated $150 million a day. Families on food stamps and kids who benefit from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs will go hungry. Over 17,000 children in Alabama will be affected by immediate cuts to the Head Start Program. Many government offices across this country will close and the more than 43,000 federal workers in Alabama could be affected. Our national economy should not be held hostage to partisan games.
Our constituents sent us to Congress, not to create problems but to find solutions. Let’s start earning the title of “Representative” by doing what is in the best interest of the American people we represent.”
Contact: Hillary Beard 202.225.2665 Hillary.Beard@mail.house.gov