RI's Congressional Delegation Slams Shutdown

Sep 30, 2013

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is roundly criticizing House Republicans  over the budget impasse. Over the weekend Republican lawmakers agreed to continue funding the government beyond midnight Monday provided there’s a one year delay in the implementation of Obamacare; a proposal that’s dead on arrival in the Senate and the White House.

Congressman David Cicilline calls the House Republican caucus strategy the “height of irresponsibility” and he has harsh words for House Speaker John Boehner.

“The Speaker has been unwilling to stand up to the extreme part of his caucus and say ‘Look, this is not good for our country, you are playing with the economy of America, and we can have broad and passionate disagreements about issues but this is not how we should be debating or making policy,’” said Cicilline.

Congressman Jim Langevin accused House Republicans of holding the budget hostage over an issue that’s already been settled.

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse warned that a partial government shutdown could sideline seven thousand  Rhode Island federal employees, put a stop to credit from the Small Business Administration, and delay the processing of new veterans benefits and social security applications.

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