September 28, 2013
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after his vote opposing the House Republicans' Continuing Resolution:
"The House could have avoided a shutdown by passing the Senate's clean bill that would continue to fund the government at levels the Republicans demanded in sequestration, but House Republicans continue to play politics and make unreasonable partisan demands.
"A government shutdown has very real consequences — 2 million civilian federal employees would not be paid, Social Security and disability checks could be delayed, and housing loans for low income families could stop. House Republicans seem to be more concerned with forcing their political agenda through Congress than preventing the harm a government shutdown would cause.
"House Republicans need to focus on keeping our government operating and increasing our debt limit. Their attempts to hold up these basic functions of government for political reasons is irresponsible and needs to end."