Today, I joined President Obama at M. Luis Construction in Rockville as he talked about the impact that the Federal government shutdown is having on our businesses, our communities and countless individuals all across our nation. As the President said, a small group of extremists have manufactured a crisis to create a “reckless and damaging shutdown.” This government shutdown is bad for our economy, bad for our County and bad for our nation.
In Montgomery County alone, we know the shutdown is affecting about 70,000 federal government employees and is costing the County at least $760,000 a day – not including revenues related to other fees and taxes, impacts on contractors and the businesses that serve the Federal government and its employees. Our local economic recovery is threatened when so many of our residents are without a paycheck. These hardworking employees deserve better – and so do Americans all over the country who benefit directly from their work.
I call on the obstructionists in the House of Representatives to stop holding the American people hostage and stop the shutdown.