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McCollum Statement on the Republican Shutdown of the Federal Government

October 1, 2013
Press Release

For Immediate Release:  October 1, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 maria.reppas@mail.house.gov

“GOP extremists have succeeded at holding government and the American people hostage”

Washington, DC – Today, on the first day of the Republican shutdown of the federal government, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement:

“Today’s shutdown of the federal government is a manufactured political crisis. It has been inspired and executed by a Tea Party Republican faction that controls House leadership and refuses to fulfill the most basic function of Congress – to appropriate funds to ensure government operations continue.”

“All along Democrats have worked for an honest and responsible solution to prevent a shutdown, including compromising to meet Republican sequestration funding levels in the continuing resolution. But that wasn’t enough for these GOP extremists who have now succeeded at holding the federal government and the American people hostage because of their obsession with destroying the Affordable Care Act.”

“Let me be absolutely clear: I strongly support the Affordable Care Act; I stand with President Obama to ensure affordable quality, healthcare is available for every American; and gutting ObamaCare is non-negotiable!”

“Unfortunately, this GOP shutdown will not end without citizens across the country – Democrats, Independents, and common-sense Republicans – taking action and rising up against the madness of a Republican Party dangerously out of control.  The time for citizen engagement and action is now.”

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.