Reaction from lawmakers and other groups on the government shutdown that began at midnight after the House and Senate failed to reach a deal on a spending bill.
From Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11)
"For the first time in 17 years, the government of the United States has stopped fully functioning. This shutdown is a costly and unnecessary exercise the American people do not deserve. Once again, House Republicans yielded to an extreme faction in their ranks and held funding of the government hostage because they disagree with the Affordable Care Act. This situation could have been completely prevented if the House of Representatives had passed a clean continuing resolution," said Congresswoman Fudge.
"Instead, thousands of federal workers are not able to go to work to earn a paycheck today. Millions of Americans will be denied access to important government services. Federal museums and parks across the country, such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast Ohio, are closed and cannot generate funds to support the local economy. All because the Republicans tied implementation of the Affordable Care Act to keeping the government open. Even some of their colleagues in Congress have publicly denounced tying the ACA, or Obamacare, to a continuing resolution (CR). They understand that Obamacare has absolutely nothing to do with the CR. I am proud to say that the Health Insurance Marketplace, which will give uninsured Americans access to affordable health care, is open today despite House Republican antics.
"This shutdown is harmful to the economic well-being of our country and it must end now. House Republicans ignored the will of 60 percent of Americans who wanted them to avoid what we are seeing today. The Senate Majority Leader has reasonably asked the House to pass a clean, short term continuing resolution. That did not happen. No more delays! We must pass a measure to fund our government without ideological strings attached. We must restore Americans' faith in Congress."
From Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
"We can avoid the harmful effects of this government shutdown if the House allows a vote on the Senate-passed plan that keeps the government running without rehashing old political fights. It's time for the House to put middle-class families, senior citizens, and veterans ahead of political ideology," Brown said. "With a government shutdown upon us, we know that countless working Ohioans will be affected-from small business owners in Lima and Chillicothe, to employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to families in Lorain and Springfield waiting for a home loan. It's time to allow House Members a vote on the Senate-passed plan and end the shutdown."
Brown has announced that he will not accept his federal salary accrued during the government shutdown and will instead donate it to charity.
From the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
Chairman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15):"Today House Republicans have let the American people down. Rather than doing what is best for our economy and country, they have chosen partisan brinkmanship. The Affordable Care Act will help all Americans, but no community will benefit more than the Latino community. It is reckless and unacceptable to play politics with a law that will overwhelmingly help our community. Shutting down the government is a dangerous stunt and provides no solutions for hardworking Americans. As the Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus, I implore House Republicans to stop playing games, pass a clean budget and join Democrats in finding solutions to our nation's most pressing problems."
Vice Chair Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03): "I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans have forced a government shutdown in order to undermine the Affordable Care Act. It's clear they would rather see the government shut down, workers furloughed, and services halted and delayed for many in our communities than allow millions of Americans to gain access to affordable health care. The extreme elements of the Republican Party are winning out, as the Tea Party shutdown begins. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land - upheld by the Supreme Court and accepted by the American people in the last election. The longer House Republicans play these political games, the longer the American people will be forced to pay the price and the greater toll it will take on our economy."