A new email I received today from my Rep, Nita Lowey, here in NY. I love how she clearly spells out the dangers of a government shut down. I hope more people are aware of just how much harm could be done if the GOP has its way:
As you may be aware, Republican demands for spending cuts that will eliminate jobs and slow our economic recovery have raised the prospect of a government shutdown for the first time since 1995.
This week, Congress passed with my support a two-week continuation of funding that includes responsible spending cuts on which Democrats and Republicans agreed. This was a positive step, but merely kicking the can down the road is not enough.
A government shutdown would cause the furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors, dragging down the economy. It would likely prevent new retirees from receiving Social Security checks; halt operation of national parks, museums, and monuments; stop processing of visas and passports; halt ongoing medical research at institutions like NIH and CDC; and curtail some veterans’ services.
Please be assured I am working to ensure the government does not shut down, jeopardizing our economic recovery and many services on which Americans depend.
Member of Congress