Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Brothers and Sisters,

This morning at 12:01 a.m. the federal government shut down.

The actions taken by Speaker Boehner, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and their allies in Congress took us over a cliff. Their tactics are reckless and irresponsible because they put people out of work and our economy at risk.

Speaker John Boehner made good on his threat to shutter our government if President Obama did not defund his signature health care reform law. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. And the President and the Senate majority made it abundantly clear they will oppose any effort to stop the law from moving forward.

Social Security checks will go out, but seniors and people with disabilities applying for Social Security and Medicare will experience a delay in getting their applications approved. Veterans could see their pension and disability benefits delayed. A shutdown could force Head Start centers to close.

For too long, tea party extremists pressed their agenda to repeal Obamacare, slash Medicare and Medicaid, cut Social Security, education and other vital services, while refusing to make the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Last night they tried yet again to advance their extremist agenda, jeopardizing our economy and our country. This must stop.

There is a time and place to debate and modify the laws that Congress passes. This is NOT that time, and this is NOT that place. It’s time for the extremists in Congress to stop the brinksmanship and stop holding our country hostage to radical demands.

We’ll update you as the situation in Washington unfolds during the next few days and weeks. And if you haven’t already, urge Congress to stop playing political games with our economy and country—tell them to end the shutdown and pay our bills.

In solidarity,
Lee Saunders Laura Reyes

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