Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released the statement below regarding the impending partial shutdown of the federal government:
“I’m disappointed that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans refused to even hold a vote on the responsible bill passed by the Senate to keep the government open. As Rhode Island continues recovering from the recession, we can’t afford to play these games. Unfortunately, because of the extremist demands of Tea Party Republicans – demands that were just the subject of the Presidential election which they lost – the federal government is now set to partially shut down after midnight. I will keep working to end this harmful shutdown as quickly as possible to limit the harm to Rhode Island families. And I hope Tea Party Republicans will drop their unreasonable demands so we can move forward.”
For more information about how the government shutdown could affect Rhode Island, people in the Ocean State can visit www.whitehouse.senate.gov/shutdown.