Bordallo Regrets the “Partisan Politics” That Have Led to This “Unnecessary Shutdown”

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has issued a statement saying that she regrets the “partisan politics” that have led to an “unnecessary shutdown” of Federal government services.

This is the first shutdown of Federal services in 17 years. It began to take effect at 2pm Guam time, Midnight Monday in Washington D.C.

The shutdown is the result of the failure of the House and Senate to work out a funding compromise. They are stuck over the insistence of House Republicans on including provisions curbing the implementation of some provisions of ObamaCare, and the Senate’s insistence that ObamaCare be left out of the budget debate.

In her statement, Bordallo blames the GOP saying “House Republicans remain unwilling to compromise; instead, they are using what should be a simple, common-sense vote on a spending bill to fund all operations of the federal government as a last-ditch effort to attach unrelated issues.”

READ the release from Congreswoman Bordallo below:

Statement on the Government Shutdown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 30, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on the indefinite shutdown of the federal government. The current budget resolution expires at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013. In the absence of an appropriations measure or a Continuing Resolution, all non-essential functions of the federal government will be forced to cease operations.

“I regret that partisan politics have led us to this unnecessary shutdown,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Today, House Republicans chose to shut down the federal government by refusing to offer a Continuing Resolution capable of passing both the House and the Senate and being signed by the President. President Obama and my Democratic colleagues have agreed to Republican funding levels included in the CR being offered, yet House Republicans remain unwilling to compromise; instead, they are using what should be a simple, common-sense vote on a spending bill to fund all operations of the federal government as a last-ditch effort to attach unrelated issues.

I am concerned about federal employees and contractors who may be furloughed and who will not be able to receive the same retroactive pay that was offered to those were furloughed during the government shutdown in 1996. I share the frustration of millions of Americans across our country, including many of you from Guam whom I have heard from over the weekend and over the past few weeks.”

Below is a brief overview of the shutdown’s impact on federal services:

*  Nearly 1.4 million active duty military personnel deployed at home and overseas defending our nation’s interests would not be paid for their work until after the shutdown ends.

*  Worsens the already unacceptable VA disabilities claims backlog, and stops any investments in IT to fix this problem.

*  Hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be immediately and indefinitely furloughed, and many federal employees and contractors that continue to work would not be paid during the shutdown.

*  Housing loans to low and middle income families in rural communities would be put on hold, as would start-up business loans for farmers and ranchers.

*  SBA would stop approving applications for small businesses to obtain loans and loan guarantees.  In a typical month, SBA approves more than $1 billion in loan assistance to small businesses.

*  Stops food assistance, hurting millions of Americans: 13 million children lose access to school breakfast and 31 million children lose access to school lunch; 8.7 million women do not receive food assistance via the WIC program; and 47.5 million who rely on SNAP to put food on the table lose their benefits.

* All facilities and services in our national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian, impacting the hundreds of thousands of people that visit these sites daily.  This would have severely negative impacts on the surrounding local communities that rely on the revenue generated by travel and tourism to these destinations.

*  Important government research into life-threatening diseases, environmental protection, and other areas would be halted.

* Visas and passports cannot be processed.

* The government would stop issuing permits to conduct drilling operations on federal lands, and would stop or delay environmental reviews of planned transportation and energy-related projects, keeping companies from working on these projects.