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October 2, 2013

Local reps respond to partial shutdown

CHICKASHA —

After weeks of debate, congressional representatives failed to reach a compromise to fund the government before an Oct. 1 deadline resulting in partial government shutdown. 

U.S. Representative Tom Cole said yesterday’s government shutdown put furloughs on more than 800,000 federal workers and America has to suffer the consequences.

“Today is an unfair day for America and one that could have been avoided,” Cole said. “While the House has worked tirelessly to propose fair solutions, the Senate has refused to consider a compromise in any form.”

The solutions Cole referred to were the House passing three temporary spending measures to keep the government running, including proposals that would defund Obamacare, delay the implementation of the law for a year or delay the individual mandate for a year.

Cole has made it clear that a government shutdown isn’t going to improve the condition of the U.S. economy, but have an adverse effect.

“Our economy is broken, and shutting down the government is making it worse,” Cole said. “It is critical that leaders from both chambers work together to resolve the situation and find meaningful, long-term solutions to our growing deficit, especially as we near another deadline involving the debt ceiling.”

The U.S. government has an Oct. 17 deadline to come to a solution before it reaches it’s debt ceiling.

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe said the government shutdown will most likely have negative implications on Oklahoma small businesses, senior citizens and civilian military workers.

“The President won’t come to the table to address Americans’ concerns about implementation and funding of this disastrous piece of legislation,” Inhofe said, referring to Obamacare. “He (Obama) and the Democrats have instead chosen to shut down the government rather than negotiate. I encourage the president and my senate colleagues to come to the table and end this shutdown.”

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