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State lawmakers join call for end to threatened government shutdown

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For immediate release:
Sept. 30, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - State Reps. Gail Riecken (D-Evansville), Cherrish Pryor and Robin Shackleford (both D-Indianapolis) today joined a national call for an end to a threatened federal government shutdown and prevent the risk of stopping programs that help the elderly, children, and veterans across the country.

The three Indiana state lawmakers were in Washington, DC, as part of activities conducted by the Women Legislators Lobby (WiLL), a national non-partisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policies and budget priorities.

If an agreement on a new federal budget is not reached by midnight—the end of the 2013 fiscal year—a partial government shutdown will take place and numerous federal programs and agencies will be stopped until a deal is reached.

“When the focus of the American people is on job creation, quality education, and accessible, affordable health care, we don’t need the focus of our highest elected officials to be on job destruction, education failure, and health care obstruction,” Shackleford said.

An extended government shutdown would have long-ranging impact on many aspects of the lives of Americans, the three Indiana lawmakers agreed.

“Our first priority should be keeping government running so we can pay our bills and take care of those in the military and our veterans, whose paychecks are at risk of being cut,” Riecken said. “This manufactured crisis is an insult to those who have risked so much for our country. They too have to put food on the table.”

Pryor decried the fact that those forces attempting to shut down government are doing so because of their opposition to a plan to provide affordable health care to millions of Americans.

“Shutting down our government because of a basic fear that every American should have health care is not in the best interests of this state or nation,” Pryor said. “It is time to accept that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and move on to other priorities, such as creating jobs and improving our failing infrastructure.”

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