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Lawmakers from Arkansas React to Shutdown

WASHINTON, D.C.-- Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as well as the Arkansas' Governor are making public statements about the shutdown.
ARKANSAS-- Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as well as the Arkansas' Governor are making public statements about the shutdown.

"As I have said for weeks, shutting down the federal government is terrible policy, but Democrats in the Senate wanted a government shutdown for political purposes and refused to work with the House to find a solution. I will continue to work with my colleagues - both Republicans and Democrats - to find a plan that will get the government running again. Negotiation is critical to our form of government, and tonight I will vote to go to a Conference Committee where historically the House and Senate work out their differences. On behalf of the thousands of Arkansans who will be directly impacted by the shutdown, I urge the Senate to join us."  -- Congressman Tim Griffin

"The Senate has now passed three responsible measures to keep our government open and our economy growing. Yet, the House has continued with their "my-way-or-the-highway" politics. This confirms what the American people have said all along-that hyper-partisanship in the House will shut down our government and hurt our economy just as it's turning the corner." --U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D)

"I regret that Senate Democrats would rather keep their special Obamacare exemption than keep the government open. Their decision will cause needless hardship for many Arkansans, including dedicated public servants. Elected leaders shouldn't be treated better than hardworking Arkansans, so I will donate my salary to charity for each day the government is closed." -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R)

“The inability of Congress to do its most basic job will put many Arkansans out of work and leave Arkansas children in peril.

“If the federal government shutdown occurs and funding stops, it will greatly hinder the ability of the Arkansas Department of Human Services to investigate claims of child abuse and neglect. More than 85,000 meals for Arkansas children will not be provided and protection for nursing-home residents will be reduced. Two-thousand newborn babies will not receive infant formula through the Department of Health’s WIC program. That number includes the more than 300 special-needs babies who soon run out of special formula they can only receive through a certified program like WIC.

“As many as 2,000 state employees will be furloughed, with thousands more facing a similar fate if the shutdown is sustained. Losing these jobs affects not only those working Arkansans and their families, it also hurts our local and state economies. That economic damage will be compounded by the furlough of federal employees in Arkansas, as well.

“Once again, Arkansas stands to suffer from a crisis wholly manufactured by Congress. What should be a simple and clean resolution to fund our federal government has turned into political posturing by elected officials who, of course, will not be among those hurt by their actions. Arkansas and America deserve better from Washington.”
- Governor Mike Beebe
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