This is what members of Congress who represent the South Sound had to say Monday (and some early Tuesday Washington D.C. time) about the federal government shutdown.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray:
In the hours and days ahead I will continue to work to pass a bill to fund the government that is free from unrelated ideological attacks so that our state’s economy, our veterans, federal workers, and students don’t pay the price for House Republicans’ political games.
To be clear, this shutdown would be over immediately if Speaker Boehner would simply allow both Democrats and Republicans in the House to vote on the bill the Senate has passed multiple times to continue funding the government. But to this point, Republican leaders have chosen shutdown over sanity and politics over the many people who will be impacted by shuttering the government.
Congressman Denny Heck, Washington's 10th Congressional District:
Thousands of federal employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be furloughed tomorrow. Small businesses throughout the South Puget Sound will see delays in payments and loans from the federal government. Both Mount Rainier National Park and the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge will be closed. Every day our government is shutdown is another body blow to our economy.
No one wins when our politics devolve to the point of a government shutdown. It’s time for Republicans to come together with Democrats and pass a clean funding bill that keeps the federal government open. Our job is to run the government, not to shut it down.
Congressman Adam Smith, Washington's 9th Congressional District:
For the second time, the Senate has considered and voted on funding measures that were passed by the House of Representatives. They have twice rejected the legislation due to the inclusion of partisan policy items unrelated to the budget and sent back a clean bill to avoid a government shutdown. House Republican leadership should take the Senate’s lead and bring up the Senate-passed bill and allow the House of Representatives to take a yes or no vote on a clean bill to fund our government.
This is no longer about spending cuts. We have accepted the funding levels Republicans demanded. House Republicans are simply more interested in playing politics and making unreasonable partisan demands that have nothing to do with the budget or securing our nation’s economy. This gamesmanship must end to avoid shutting down the government.
Congressman Derek Kilmer, Washington's 6th Congressional District:
The fact that some in Congress would risk a shutdown in order to score political points demonstrates why Congress is currently held in lower regard than head lice.
I’m voluntarily giving up my own pay during this shutdown because I believe in leading by example. Unfortunately, many federal employees in our region unfortunately won’t have a say about losing theirs. They’ll be furloughed and lose pay through no fault of their own. These employees and the folks who depend on their work deserve better.